WINDHOEK: One of the two men accused of robbing and murdering flight instructor Ralph Kohnke in Windhoek at the end of 2005 has denied any knowledge of the alleged murder.
The 34-year-old Joseph Wasuka Nunda said this in his testimony at the start of the hearing of the defence’s case before High Court Judge Nate Ndauendapo here on Thursday afternoon.
“I have no knowledge about this murder case. I am not the one who committed this crime,” he told the court.
Nunda continued testifying in his own defence on Thursday afternoon, and he will be cross-examined by State Advocate Belinda Wantenaar on Friday
He is charged in the case along with the 41-year-old Dumingu Zuzee da Costa.
Da Costa on Thursday refused to testify in his own defence before court and, thereafter, closed his case.
On 13 July this year, confessions and self-incriminating statements made by the two men were admitted as evidence in court at the end of a trial-within-a-trial.
The confessions and self-incriminating statements are now being used as evidence by the State against the duo.
Da Costa and Nunda stand accused of robbing and murdering Kohnke in Windhoek at the end of 2005.
Both men had already 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, when their main trial started before Judge Ndauendapo in the High Court in Windhoek on 17 September 2009.
The duo allegedly killed 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.
The prosecution is alleging that after the flight instructor was killed, Da Costa and Nunda loaded his body into 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 early in January 2006.
Advocate Winnie Christians and Christian Nambahu are representing the two accused persons, while State advocate Belinda Wantenaar is prosecuting.
The two men have been held in police custody at the Windhoek Central Prison’s holding cells since their arrest in January 2006.
The hearing continues Friday.