WINDHOEK: A former farmworker charged with the murder of a fellow worker at Farm Kaalvlakte in the Karas Region denied any knowledge of the alleged killing in the Windhoek High Court yesterday.
The 24-year-old Marius Thomas faces six charges including murder; two counts of robbery with aggravating circumstances; rape, which is being dealt with under the provisions of the 2000 Combating of Rape Act (Act Eight of 2000); kidnapping, and indecent assault.
He denied all charges levelled against him at the start of his trial here yesterday morning as per the instructions of his State-sponsored defence lawyer, Monty Karuaihe.
A summary of substantial facts contained in the charge-sheet have it that Thomas killed fellow farmworker Likius Ngesheya at Farm Kaalvlakte in the Bethanie district by hitting him on the head with a pick-axe and another object several times between 25 and 26 February 2008.
Ngesheya died on the scene due to injuries he sustained and severe haemorrhaging caused by the assault.