The Namibian (Windhoek)

28 November 2012

Namibia: Teacher?s Murder Trial to Continue in August

THE High Court murder trial of retired teacher David de Jay, who is accused of having killed his wife near Keetmanshoop almost four years ago, is scheduled to continue in August next year.

De Jay’s trial in the High Court in Windhoek has been postponed to the periods of August 12 to 16 and September 2 to 13 next year, when Judge Alfred Siboleka is due to continue hearing testimony from the prosecution in the main part of the trial.

Judge Siboleka reserved his judgement in a trial within a trial on the admissibility of a disputed alleged confession which was made by De Jay, and a letter which he wrote shortly after his arrest, last week.

By the time that his trial continues De Jay would have been in custody for close to four and a half years.

De Jay (61)is accused of murdering his wife, Tina de Jay (56), near Seeheim south-west of Keetmanshoop on February 13 2009, and of trying to put the police on a false trail after the killing by claiming that his wife had been killed by unknown persons during an apparent robbery and by disposing of the knife with which she had been stabbed to death.

De Jay pleaded not guilty to charges of murder and defeating or obstructing the course of justice, or attempting to do so, when his trial began in June last year.

In a plea explanation he claimed that he had seen two unknown men running away from the car where his wife was sitting at a lay-by next to the B4 road before he found her, having been stabbed, with a knife in her chest.

De Jay was arrested at Keetmanshoop later that day. He has remained in custody since then.

He is being represented by defence lawyer Boris Isaacks. State advocate Palmer Kumalo is prosecuting.

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