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A FORMER Internal In­vestigator at the Ministry of Works said he will be pleading not
guilty when his trial kicks off in two weeks.

He is charged with gunning down two women he was romantically involved with, before setting their remains on fire at a dumping
site in Windhoek. Lukas Nikodemus, 48, was speaking on Wednesday at his formal
bail application for the alleged murder of Johanie Naruses, 29, and Clemencia
de Wee, in 2016, when he offered to pay N$2 000 bail. The suspect admitted that
he was involved with both women at the time of their death, and that he was with
them at a hangout spot in Katutura, before they took off with his car, leaving
him behind.

“A friend of mine came to drop off my car keys later on in the evening and he told me my car was
parked somewhere in Otjomuise, unable to move. I then went where it was and
found my windows smashed. I observed there was no petrol in the car so I took a
taxi and came back home. Naruses and De Wee had no idea that I was dating them

Nikodemus said.

He testified that he has five children, of which the youngest is five years old and currently
resides at a farm. He pleaded with the court for bail to be released as his
children are ‘suffering’. Niko­demus vehemently denied any involvement in the
death of the two women, claiming he was shocked when the police arrested him at
his mother’s house. The suspect further told Judge Petrus Unengu that he will
not abscond or interfere with state witnesses, despite the fact that his
brother and sister are listed as witnesses. Speaking to Inform­anté shortly
after an adjournment, Naruses’ uncle, Willem Wimmerth, said that because of the
affinity the deceased had towards her male family members, some might be
tempted to hurt Nikodemus and as such should not be granted bail.

“We are surprised that he wants bail. Having him in our midst will not be in the
community’s interest. The loss of these two women’s lives is unbearable and
still fresh in our minds. Justice will also not prevail if he is granted bail,”

Wim­merth said.

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