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Forensics’ office move stalls murder case

Forensics’ office move stalls murder case

Eba Kandovazu

INVESTIGATIONS into the brutal murder of a nine-year-old girl earlier this year before her remains were disposed off at a dumping site are far from conclusion as the prosecuting authority is still not in possession of lab results.


According to court documents, contributing factors include the National Forensic Science Institute’s change in physical address, as well as the global coronavirus pandemic.


Further to that, a lack of funding, State Prosecutor Cendric Mundia told Magistrate Celma Amadhila at the Windhoek Magistrate’s Court, is also hindering investigations.


The accused persons in the matter, Edward Nkata, his wife Caroline Nkata and the deceased’s mother, Rachel Kureva, were arrested after CCTV linked the Nkatas to the crime scene when they were seen dragging a dustbin to a dumping site.

 

Forensics office stalls murder case brutal murder dumping site Caroline Nkata Rachel Kureva
DUCKING: Caroline Nkata and Rachel Kureva. Photo: Eba Kandovazu

 

It is believed that the dustbin was used to hide and transport the young body of Akundaishe Chipomho.


At their first court appearance, Caroline told the court that it was indeed her husband who fatally assaulted the child in her presence.


According to her, he then forced her to accompany him to the dumping site where he burned the body of the victim.


She was burned beyond recognition and her smouldering remains were discovered the morning after she was killed. It is not yet clear what role the victim’s mother played in the murder case.


Charges of murder and defeating the course of justice were opened against the accused persons.


At the time of the incident, Nampol had instituted a search party after reports were made that the suspects were missing.


Police officers arrested them later some kilometres outside Otjiwarongo.



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