Windhoek – A Gobabis resident who allegedly killed his wife out of jealousy wants to plead guilty to the charges he is facing, Judge Christi Liebenberg was informed yesterday during a scheduled pre-trial conference in the Windhoek High Court. Willem Saul, 40, who faces a charge of murder combined with the provision of the Combating of Domestic Violence Act, indicated in his reply to the State’s pre-trial memorandum that he plans to plead guilty to the charge of murder.
His State-funded lawyer, Titus Ipumbu, was not at court and Milton Engelbrecht represented him.
Engelbrecht told Judge Liebenberg that he only held instructions from Ipumbu to stand in for him for a postponement to the next mentions roll date, but the judge said since the accused is intending to plead guilty, he wants it done as soon as possible.
He instructed Engelbrecht to inform Ipumbu soonest of the new developments and said he expects a written Section 122 plea by Friday, February 2 and the case to be heard on Monday, February 6.
According to the State, Saul killed his wife, Ingenesia Saul, on Monday, September 7, 2015 at the couple’s home in Epako, Gobabis.
According to the charge sheet, the couple were at home when Saul accused the deceased of adultery and she informed him she was tired of the marriage. He also refused to give her back her cellphone he took earlier that day.
When the deceased tried to take the cellphone from him he slapped her and stabbed her in the face and neck with a knife.
The victim then tried to flee the scene, but the accused pinned her onto the ground by pressing his foot on her body.
He then hit the deceased with the blunt and sharp side of an axe on her body and head and she died on the scene due to injuries sustained.