Namibia lawyer wants mental assessment for teacher accused of murder
The defense attorney for a former teacher accused of repeatedly stabbing his wife and killing her in their marital home in 2019, wants his client to be subjected to mental observation. Jermaine Muchali, lawyer for Patrick Geingob (38), informed High Court Judge Christie Liebenberg that he intended to ask the court for an order that would allow the accused to undergo a psychiatric assessment .
He said the request follows his reading of the state’s disclosures and to determine whether Geingob is fit to stand trial, or whether he was sane at the time the alleged offense was committed. The prosecution accuses Geingob of murder, read with the provisions of the Domestic Violence Act, for the deaths of his wife and the mother of his children, Merentha Geingos.
Gaingos died on April 14, 2019 at their family home in Okuryangava. She was taken to Katutura State Hospital, where she succumbed to her injuries on arrival. When Geingob’s bail hearing failed, the court was told that he returned home late that night and had an argument with Geingos, which resulted in him stabbing her.
The tragic incident happened while the couple’s children were at home. In an autopsy report that was submitted as part of the evidence for Geingob’s failed bail application, it is recorded that Geingos was stabbed 12 times. Two of the injuries she sustained – a stab in the abdomen and a deep stab in the right thigh – were potentially fatal, the report said.
After the tragic incident, Geingob surrendered to the police and has since been held at the Windhoek Correctional Center. He is expected to return to court on September 16 for a preliminary hearing.