White bakkie spotted after Nimt murders

A state witness yesterday testified that a white double cab bakkie passed her twice on the same road on the April 2019 morning when two top bosses were shot and killed at Nimt.

19 February 2021 | Justice

ELLANIE SMIT







WINDHOEK

A white double cab bakkie was seen speeding away from the Namibian Institute of Mining and Technology’s (Nimt) Arandis campus on the morning two top executives were gunned down at the premises in April 2019.

The Windhoek High Court yesterday heard this evidence in a double murder trial against Ernst Lichtenstrasser, which is set to continue in April.

Lichtenstrasser, a former lecturer at the Nimt Tsumeb campus, is accused of murdering Eckhart Mueller (72) and Heimo Hellwig (60), who were the executive director and deputy director of Nimt respectively, on 15 April 2019.

Testifying as a State witness before Judge Christie Liebenberg, 61-year-old Carolina Tsuses, a cleaner at Nimt Arandis, said a white man wearing dark glasses was driving the bakkie on a road that was rarely used.

Tsuses said that on the morning of the murders, she was walking to the campus when she first saw the bakkie driving on the premises, adjacent to the hostel.

According to her, the same bakkie sped past her on the road at about 06:50.

According to previous evidence given, shots were heard at 06:30.

Tsuses further said she saw no other cars or people on the road.

Lichtenstrasser fumes at delay

Meanwhile, yesterday’s trial started about an hour late because the interpreter was missing and arrangements for a new interpreter had to be made.

Lichtenstrasser was very upset about this, saying it is a tactic by the State to delay his trail.

“That is Namibia. That is a fair and speedy trail. Back to a stinking hell hole because of an interpreter. I want a speedy trial because I am innocent.

“To think I risked my life for the liberation of the country,” he could be heard saying.

There was also a visible increase in police presence in court. There were at least eight special reserve officers in court yesterday, while the previous day there were only three.

Deputy prosecutor-general Antonia Verhoef is representing the State and Lichtenstrasser is represented by legal aid lawyer Albert Titus.

The trail is set to continue on 6 April.

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