WINDHOEK, 06 NOV – Abida McNab, a state witness in the trial of a Windhoek man accused of stabbing his girlfriend to death in 2014, gave testimony in the Windhoek High Court on Tuesday.
Appearing on a murder charge, Johny Ryno Diergaardt, is accused of stabbing his girlfriend Tiffany Tanita Lewin’s to death, in front of her four-year-old son.
McNab told the court, presided over by Judge Nate Ndaendapo, that on the two occasions that she was in the presence of both the deceased and the accused, she knew it would end violently.
She explained that on one occasion she was at a club with Lewin, when Diergaardt came to them and started quarrelling with the deceased. He ended up slapping her.
In another event, as per McNab’s testimony, the deceased was at her [McNab’s] residence and Diergaardt came and started an altercation with Lewin.
According to McNab, on the day of the murder, the accused came to her residence late in the afternoon looking for Lewin but she had left with friends of theirs.
The accused took Tiffany’s phone and sunglasses, claiming they were bought with his money. He said if she wants it back, she must get it from him, McNab further recounted.
Melinda Jacobs is appearing for the State in the trial that continues on Wednesday.
Diergaardt remains in custody at the Windhoek Central Correctional Facility, where he has been held since his arrest.