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 on Thursday.
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.
Members of the public, including Swapo-Party Women’s Council (SPWC) members, packed the court gallery to its capacity to listen to what Martin had to answer to the shocking murder he allegedly committed.
The hearing on Thursday just took a few minutes, during which Martin asked to be taken to the hospital for mental/psychiatric observation.
“I want first to be taken to the hospital for medical check-ups, because something in my mind causes me to laugh mysteriously,” Martin told the court, before Haihambo adjourned the case.
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 body of Shikesho was found in the field near the Okaukamasheshe village with multiple stab wounds, while Shikongo’s body was found in Martin’s living room at the Kandjengedi settlement with a severe panga cut to the neck.
Police arrested Martin on 24 July at his mother’s homestead at the Okaukamasheshe village, where he was found unconscious after he allegedly tried to commit suicide by drinking methylated spirits.
Prosecutor Johanna Kefas appeared for the State, while Martin conducted his own defence.