OSHAKATI: The 32-year-old Rudolf Taati Martin, who is accused of brutally killing his two girlfriends at two separate places in the Oshana Region in July this year, re-appeared in the magistrate’s court here today.
Martin appeared before Magistrate Alpha Haihambo, and he repeated his plea of guilty when asked to answer on the two counts of murder the Police brought to the court against him.
The hearing today just took a few minutes, during which Martin asked to be taken to the hospital for mental/psychiatric observation.
He said that he wants first to be taken to the hospital for medical check-ups, because something in his mind causes him to laugh mysteriously.
He remains in Police custody since his arrest at a village near Oshakati in July this year.
It is believed that Martin first killed his 23-year-old girlfriend, Basilia Basi Shikesho, near the Okaukamasheshe village on 22 July, and went on to kill his second girlfriend, 22-year-old Frieda Shikongo, at Oshakati’s Kandjengedi informal settlement on 23 July.
The price of food, alcohol, transport and recreation is increasing faster than other goods and services in the country, the Namibia Statistics Agency (NSA) reported today.
Announcing the Namibia Consumer Price Index (NCPI) for the month of August, NSA Chief Statistician Aloysius Sheehama said the prices of these items are mostly affected by the global financial crisis and fuel price increases since the beginning of this year, amongst others.
The inflation rate for the month of August stood at 5,8 per cent, as compared to 5,4 per cent recorded during the same period last year.
The monthly inflation decreased by 0,2 per cent compared to July’s inflation that stood at 6 per cent.
Among the 12 groups comprising the NCPI, the component ‘recreation and culture’ registered the highest inflation of 9,4 per cent, followed by alcoholic beverages and tobacco with 8,2 per cent.