12 November 2012

Namibia: Teacher Implicated in Murder Case

The murder trial of a former JA Nel Secondary School teacher continued in the Keetmanshoop Regional Court on Friday.

Willem Frederick Jahrs (37) and his co-accused, Lucky Eiman (28), allegedly beat and stabbed to death Hendrik Witbooi (38) on April 13 2008.

The attack happened behind the PK de Villiers Secondary School in the area between the railway line and the B1 road in Keetmanshoop.

At the continuation of the trial on Friday, the court heard that Jahrs, Eiman and another friend had been walking from the Noordhoek residential area to the Krönlein residential area late at night when they encountered an unknown man.

In his testimony, Eiman said he, Jahrs and Adriaan Coetzee had been approaching the B1 road when Jahrs stopped to urinate. It was at this time that the unknown man walked by and allegedly swore at Jahrs.

Eiman stated that he and Coetzee then heard the two men insulting each other, and he decided to walk back to where they were.

"I went back to them and found accused two [Jahrs] on top of the man, repeatedly beating him with his fists. I took Jahrs off the unknown man, who was unconscious, and we left him lying there," he told the court.

They then walked back to where Coetzee was waiting.

Coetzee, called as a State witness, said at the start of the trial on September 4 this year that when Eiman and Jahrs reached him, Eiman told Coetzee that he had stabbed the unknown man about five times with a knife.

Eiman denied stabbing the man, or telling Coetzee about it. He also said he did not see Jahrs stabbing the unknown man.

Jahrs admitted to slapping the man, but said he did not stab him.

The next morning, Witbooi's body was found at the spot where the two said they had left the unconscious man. Court records show that Witbooi had eight stab wounds.

The case was postponed to November 22 for the continuation of the trial.

Eiman is represented by Stephanus Isedor Coetzee and Jahrs conducted his own defence.

Prosecutor Veiko Alexander represented the State, while Magistrate Sensley Zisengwe presided.


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