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COVID-19 hinders Nimt murder case

COVID-19 hinders Nimt murder case

Eba Kandovazu

THE unprecedented effects of the global pandemic continues to hinders legal proceedings, with the case of Namibian Institute of Mining and Technology (Nimt) murder accused, Ernst Lichtenstrasser, no different.


Various court proceedings in various criminal cases have been stalled due to the coronavirus.


This morning, at the case management of a man accused of going on a rampage killing at Nimt in Arandis, the court was informed that 58-year-old Lichtenstrasser, has been in isolation since earlier this week and as such, could not appear for the status on his case.


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Lichtenstrasser, according to his defense lawyer, Trevor Brockerhoff, will remain isolated for another two weeks.


Lichtenstrasser was initially expected to go on trial on 26 October, as well as give his plea.


With the latest development and his lawyer unable to properly consult with him, the trial will only begin in November this year.


He stands accused of murdering in cold blood Nimt’s Executives, Eckhart Mueller and Heimo Hellwig, before fleeing the scene.


It is also the state’s case that Lichtenstrasser was in possession of an unlicensed firearm.


Lichtenstrasser was an employee of Nimt at Tsumeb.


Judge Christie Liebenberg is presiding.


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