A GOBABIS man who faces a murder charge alongside his ex-lover this morning told the high court that she was in fact the one who came up with the plan to kill her husband and that he merely helped her execute it.
Ryno Du Preez, 34, testified that he suggested they poison Rudolph Rittmann, the husband of Rachel Rittman, 44, but that she dismissed the suggestion as she feared that their daughter might instead eat the food and die.
It is alleged that the lovers killed Rudolph in his home in Gobabis before loading his remains and driving off towards Kapps farm where they burned the car to make it seem like he was involved in a car accident.
Rachel on the day in question allegedly drugged her husband with unidentified pills.
She allegedly then called her lover and together, they stabbed the deceased as he laid on his back in a state of confusion.
They then reportedly drove off to a service station to buy water to clean up the crime scene as taps in Gobabis were allegedly closed at the time. It is further the state’s case that the lovers wanted to cash in on an inheritance. Du Preez and Rachel worked for a company in Okahandja were they were both suspended for fraud.
“She feared her husband used witchcraft on her because she was always going back to him,” Du Preez told the court.
The trial continues tomorrow before judge Christie Liebenberg.