Willem Frederick Jahrs, 37, a former JA Nel Secondary School teacher, and his co-accused, Lucky Eiman, 28, were found guilty by Magistrate Sensley Zisengwe for beating and stabbing to death the 38-year-old Witbooi on the night of 13 April 2008.
The attack happened behind the PK de Villiers Secondary School in the area between the railway line and the B1 road in Keetmanshoop.
The duo will hear their sentences on 08 March 2013.
Delivering the first part of the verdict, Magistrate Zisengwe said based on the evidence and testimonies of the State witness, Adriaan Coetzee and those of the two accused persons, the court found Eiman guilty of murder.
The court ruled that Eiman acted with direct intent to kill when he stabbed Witbooi eight times.
Coetzee’s testimony at the start of the trial on 04 September last year said Eiman allegedly told him that he stabbed Witbooi about five times with a knife.
Eiman, however, denied stabbing the man, or telling Coetzee about it.
During interrogation by police and cross examination in court, Jahrs admitted to slapping and beating Witbooi with clenched fists, and was subsequently found guilty of assault with intend to do grievously bodily harm.
“Though he told some truth, the hands of accused two (Jahrs) are not that clean. Thus, the conclusion is that Witbooi died of being stabbed and beaten by accused one and two,” said the magistrate.
The court heard in November last year, that Jahrs, Eiman and Coetzee had been walking from the Noordhoek residential area to the Kronlein residential area in the late hours of the evening when they came across an unknown drunk man, later identified as Witbooi.
Witbooi walked by and allegedly swore at Jahrs, who had stopped to urinate, and that is how the attack started and led to the death of Witbooi.
The result of the post mortem on Witbooi’s body showed that he died of internal bleeding caused by eight stab wounds, while one of his teeth was missing and several head and facial injuries resulting from beatings were also recorded.
Eiman was represented by Stephanus Isedor Coetzee, and Jahrs conducted his own defence.
Prosecutor Veiko Alexander represented the State.