A Windhoek resident on trial in the High Court for the horrific stabbings of a woman he met at a bar here in August 2015, on Monday denied any involvement in the incident.
The victim, Cathy Marlene Gatonye, 40, originally from the central town of Otjiwarongo, had her chest sliced open during the horrific stabbings and her internal organs were exposed when she was found on the night of 19 August 2015 before she died two days later on 21 August 2015 in the Katutura State Hospital.
The 37-year-old Elwin Ganaxab denied the stabbings when he entered a 'not guilty plea' to the count of murder at the start of his murder trial that kicked off before High Court Judge Alfred Siboleka Monday morning.
Ganaxab also denied a second count of attempted murder in that on the same day he had assaulted a friend of the deceased person - Thalitha Patricia Kai-Gu Mungunda - with an intention to allegedly kill her.
Ganaxab denied the charges in accordance with the instructions he gave his privately-instructed defence lawyer Mbanga Siymuinji and opted to remain silent without disclosing the basis of his 'not guilty pleas', thereby challenging the State to prove each and every allegation against him.
Meanwhile, the trial was on Monday postponed to 07 May next year to allow the accused to raise the needed funds for the payment of his privately-instructed defence lawyer.
State Advocate Cliff Lutibezi did not raise objection to the postponement.
A summary of substantial facts contained in the charge sheet has it that Gatonye was allegedly in the company of three other female friends in a bar in Khomasdal where they met Ganaxab, who apparently offered to pay for their drinks.
At one point, Ganaxab is alleged to have asked one of the four women with a car to drive him to an ATM machine where he withdrew money, and then they all drove back to the bar for more drinks.
When they left the bar, the women apparently cracked jokes with Ganaxab in the car, but he snapped at one point and started stabbing Gatonye indiscriminately.
When the driver eventually stopped the vehicle, two of the women fled the scene, and Ganaxab and Gatonye landed on the roadside, while the driver drove away to report the matter to police.
Ganaxab is free on bail and his bail was extended until his next court appearance.
- Title: A Windhoek resident on trial in the High Court for the horrific stabbings of a woman he met at a bar here in August 2015
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