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Dippenaar murder trial set to resume next June

Dippenaar murder trial set to resume next June

Niël Terblanché

At the conclusion of the cross examination of three more witnesses for the state with regards to the horror crash in which six people lost their lives at the end of 2014, the murder trial of Jandré Dippenaar in the Swakopmund Regional Court was postponed until June next year.
Advocate Ethel Ndlovu indicated that it intends to call at least three more witnesses and also informed Magistrate Gaynor Poulton that she still intends to recall Johan Joubert one of the state’s expert witnesses to the stand to testify on a certain aspect of his report.
Another witness that the state intends to call before it concludes its case is a surveyor who was part for planning of the new road between Swakopmund and Henties Bay. The work of the surveyor includes plans of the old salt road that indicates a blind rise near the scene of the accident to which previous witnesses testified.
Dippenaar faces six counts of murder as well as charges of fraud, reckless or negligent driving, and driving without a valid driver’s licence in connection with the crash in which three members of a German family on a visit to Namibia Alexandra Joschko, Markus Joschko and Stephanie Joschko died. Three young people who were travelling in the same car as the accused person Dinah Pretorius, Charlene Schoombe and JC Horn were also killed. The youngest daughter of the Joschko couple, Antonia Joschko and Dippenaar were the only survivors.
Magistrate Poulton postponed the matter to the week of 1 -5 June next year for continuation of the trial.

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