THE trial of two American residents charged with murdering a younger man in Windhoek approach the commence of 2011 is determined to continue within the Windhoek High Court early subsequent year, after being postponed for four months on Friday.
When the trial continues from 31 January subsequent year, have confidence Christie Liebenberg is due to continue listening to testimony in a trial inner a trial about a search utilized at a guest apartment where Marcus Thomas and Kevan Townsend had been staying on the time of their arrest on 7 January 2011.
The 2 males’s defence lawyers, Lilian Mbaeva and Mbanga Siyomunji, closing week objected to evidence about objects found at some stage within the quest being conveyed to the court, asserting the quest became unlawful on memoir of it became utilized without a search warrant. The 2 lawyers are additionally asserting that law enforcement officials didn’t score the 2 Americans’ consent for a search to be carried out in their room at a guest apartment in Windhoek.
Thomas (36) and Townsend (35) are being prosecuted over the killing of 25-year-customary Andre Heckmair, who became shot within the head in a vehicle in Klein Windhoek on 7 January 2011.
The recount is alleging that Thomas and Townsend travelled from the US to Namibia approach the tip of December 2010 to operate a thought to raze Heckmair, who became a scholar at a hospitality college in Switzerland on the time of his death.
Heckmair had spent share of 2010 in Recent York, where he worked in a hotel on an internship, the court has heard.
On the time of his death, he became in a romantic relationship with a Swiss girl who had previously been enthusiastic with Thomas.
The 2 accused both denied guilt on six charges – together with counts of raze, illegal possession of a firearm and ammunition, and the importation of firearm facets into Namibia without a allow – when their trial began in November 2014.
One day of the trial inner a trial on the quest which law enforcement officials utilized on the guest apartment where the 2 males had been staying sooner than their arrest, even handed one of the law enforcement officials mad by their arrest, inspector Joseph Ndokosho, suggested the court closing week that Thomas and Townsend gave permission for his or her room to be searched.
He additionally suggested the court that at some stage within the quest, hashish became found within the room, and that Thomas and Townsend had been then arrested in reference to the dagga.
Ndokosho and a colleague, chief inspector Frans Kantema, both testified it became after location of job hours on 7 January 2011, which became a Friday, when they received recordsdata that the 2 Americans, who had been linked to Heckmair thru cellphone name data, had been on the guest apartment.
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Kantema stated when the door of the 2 males’s room, which had been locked, became opened after the police had launched their presence originate air, Thomas started combating with the law enforcement officials as they entered. Kantema stated he regarded this response of Thomas as suspicious and he concept Thomas would be keeping something which became within the room.
He added that he didn’t look the must assign a request to the 2 males for permission to habits a search, since Thomas had began to combat with the law enforcement officials instantly when they entered the room, showing he would now not be cooperative. Thomas and Townsend had been held in custody since their arrest. Townsend unsuccessfully utilized to be granted bail sooner than one other have confidence within the High Court closing year. One day of the bail listening to, have confidence Orben Sibeya became suggested that evidence which the police found within the 2 males’s room integrated two firearm barrels, a firearm silencer hidden in a table leg, a pocket book and a computer on which pictures of Heckmair and his household had been found.
Deputy prosecutor total Antonia Verhoef is prosecuting.