A MAN who initially admitted that he murdered an elderly person that he worked for has denied guilt in the high court when he was asked to plead.
Unaaro Mbemukenga, 28, denied killing Manfred Karl Hartmann,78, at his home in Swakopmund last year where he was employed as a gardener for two months. Mbemukenga did not provide a plea explanation for his not guilty plea, challenging the state to prove all the allegations against him.
According to him, his guilt admission in 2017 at the Swakopmund Magistrate’s court was a result of a bargain he made with police officers who he claims promised to give him bail. Hartmann was strangled, according to an autopsy report.
It is further alleged that Mbemukenga fled with two cellphones, a laptop, N$1 500 in cash and clothes belonging to Hartmann. He has since been charged for robbery with aggravating circumstances.
He was only apprehended two days after the incident in Outjo, after he was shot in the leg while trying to flee from the police. It is reported that the accused’s girlfriend got worried when he did not return home from work and went to Hartmann’s house in search for him, only to discover the remains.
He previously applied for a formal bail application, which was denied on the grounds of the seriousness of the offense and public interest.
The murder came fresh off the heels after the community from the coast protested against the brutal attack on pensioners in their homes and the prevalent burglary shrouded by brutal attacks in the coast.
Mbanga Siyomundji is representing Mbemukenga, with Cliff Lutibezi appearing for the state before Acting Judge Orben Sibeya.