12 November 2012

Namibia: Alleged Killer Awaits Fate

Windhoek — Alleged girlfriend killer, Pieter Farmer, will have to wait another couple of weeks for his lawyer to try and convince Judge Nate Ndauendapo why he should be acquitted.

Aroab resident Farmer was denied an early call for acquittal when Judge Ndauendapo dismissed his application for a Rule 174 discharge in August. Farmer has invoked his right to remain silent and not to incriminate himself through testimony after the State had closed its case. The case was postponed on Wednesday to November 23 for submissions on the verdict.

Thirty-six year-old Farmer pleaded not guilty to counts of murder and possession of a firearm without a licence and ammunition at the start of his trial in July 2011.

Farmer is accused of murdering his ex-girlfriend and mother of his child, 18-year-old Dolleveria McKay in the early hours of November 12, 2005 at the Krönlein residential area of Keetmanshoop through a shot in the heart with a 7.65 mm calibre pistol.

In a written plea explanation given by Farmer at the start of his trial, he claimed a shot went off accidentally and inexplicably when he handed the pistol to McKay for safekeeping. He claimed he did not know that the gun was loaded when he handed it to her.

Two witnesses who claimed that Farmer told them that he shot McKay also related to the court that Farmer threatened to shoot himself after he confessed to them about killing his ex-girlfriend.

He was kept in police custody for about seven months before he was granted bail, which was then revoked. He remains in custody.

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