Rundu self-confessed killer back in custody

The man who took police to a shallow grave where he allegedly buried his ex-lover is back in custody after a brief taste of freedom.

01 June 2020 | Justice

KENYA KAMBOWE

RUNDU



Murder accused Castro Domingo (34), who recently made headlines following his release from custody after the Rundu Magistrate's Court provisionally struck his case from the court roll about a week ago, has been re-arrested and is back in custody.

Domingo stands accused of murder, read with provisions of the Domestic Violence Act as well as defeating and obstructing the course of justice, for allegedly killing and burying Cecilia Deborah Murotwa (26) in February 2018.

Domingo was provisionally released from custody after the State on 19 May was yet again not prepared in court, the day when the alleged suspect was supposed to enter a plea in terms of Section 119 of the Criminal Procedure Act.

Magistrate Sonia Samupofu made the ruling for Domingo's provisional release from custody after the accused's legal representative, Leonard Tjiveze, argued that the matter has been on the court roll for too long, citing numerous postponements.



Lab results delay

Namibian Sun has uncovered that the reason why the State has not been ready is because of outstanding lab results from the National Forensic Science Institute (NFSI), after the samples were sent to them in March 2018.

It appears that two years down the line, NSFI has not done the necessary testing.

The State is also investigating a charge of rape, which allegedly took place prior to the gruesome murder.

Domingo denies this, saying sex on the day was consensual.

Following news that Domingo was released from custody on 22 May, the State faced backlash from the victim's relatives and the general public, who argued that it is not in public interest for the accused to be out of custody.

Abscondment

The State then sought a warrant of arrest and rearrested Domingo last Thursday.

Domingo made a brief appearance in the Rundu Magistrate's Court on Friday and the matter was remanded to 4 May.

State advocate Johan Pienaar said Domingo had to be rearrested after the police learnt about Angolan family ties and that he claimed his vehicle from the police.

One of the grounds to him not getting bail was that he was likely to abscond.

Domingo is said to have confessed to the brutal murder of Murotwa, who he was in a romantic relationship with at the time.

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