WINDHOEK: The confessions and self-incriminating statements made by one of the two men accused of robbing and murdering a flight instructor in Windhoek at the end of 2005, were on Monday admitted as evidence in the trial record.
The statements made by accused Dumingu Zuzee da Costa were handed in by State Advocate Belinda Wantenaar as evidence in court at the continuation of the two men’s main trial.
This evidence will now be used by the prosecution against Da Costa during the continuation of the main trial.
The confessions and self-incriminating statements made by his co-accused Joseph Wasuka Nunda are expected to be handed in as evidence in court on Tuesday.
The confessions made by Nunda could not be handed in as evidence in court today due to the unavailability of a court interpreter to translate from Rukwangali to English, and vice-versa.
As a result of this, presiding High Court Judge Nate Nduaendapo then remanded the case until Tuesday this week in order for the Registrar of the High Court to arrange for the needed court interpreter.
The two men – Da Costa, 41, and 34-year-old Nunda – stand accused of robbing and murdering flight instructor Ralph Kohnke in Windhoek at the end of 2005.
In his judgement on the admissibility of the confessions and related statements in the trial-within-a-trial of the two men on 13 July this year, Judge Ndauendapo ruled in favour of the prosecution by dismissing the applications lodged by the two accused persons.
“The confessions and other self-incriminating statements taken from the accused persons by members of the Namibian Police Force (NamPol) on 04 and 05 January 2006 are all being ruled admissible by the court. The reasons of my ruling will be made available to both the prosecution and defence lawyers in due course,” said Ndauendapo then.
When their main trial started before Ndauendapo in the High Court in Windhoek on 17 September 2009, both men pleaded not guilty to counts of murder, robbery with aggravating circumstances and defeating or obstructing the course of justice, alternatively violating a dead human body.
They are being accused of killing Kohnke in his house in Windhoek on 26 December 2005.
On 29 December 2005, the burned remains of the 34-year-old flight instructor were found in the Goreangab Dam area in Windhoek.
Kohnke was allegedly struck on the head with a brick or other object, and died due to a skull fracture. His body was discovered near the Goreangab Dam three days later.
The prosecution is alleging that after Kohnke was killed, Da Costa and Nunda loaded his body onto a car, transported it to the area where he was later found, and then set the body on fire in an attempt to destroy evidence of the alleged assault.
It is also alleged that the two men stole goods including computer equipment, tools, a safe, two firearms and an unknown amount of money in cash from Kohnke’s house after he had been killed.
Da Costa and Nunda were arrested in early January 2006.
Advocate Winnie Christians and Christian Nambahu are representing the two accused persons, while State advocate Belinda Wantenaar is prosecuting.
The duo have been held in police custody at the Windhoek Central Prison’s holding cells since their arrest.
They return to court tomorrow for the continuation of the main trial.