07 Apr 2014 12:10pm
WINDHOEK, 07 APR (NAMPA)- A Gobabis resident convicted of killing two women during February 2008 and July 2011 in the Omaheke Region, was sentenced to an effective 60 years imprisonment on Monday.
The 43-year-old Aloyis Ditshabue was sent to jail for 30 years on the first count of murder after he had strangled his 10-weeks pregnant wife Marcella Ditshabue, 36, at their home at Corridor 18 in the Aminuis area during the night of 16 to 17 February 2008.
He was sentenced to a further 30 years imprisonment on the second count of murder after he had killed his then-girlfriend Alida Kambende, 33, on 10 July 2011 at a house in the Epako township of Gobabis by stabbing her to death with a knife.
Ditshabue killed Kambende while he was out on bail on the first charge of murder.
The sentences imposed on the two counts of murder were ordered to run consecutively, meaning that the convict has to start serving the second punishment afresh after having finished the first one.
This court has been asked by the State to treat these types of cases with all the seriousness it deserves. You killed the first woman by strangling her to death with your bare hands, and you never listened to her pleas to leave her.
The most aggravating factor in the first murder incident was that the victim was pregnant, and expecting your child. The victim was a defenceless woman, who was your wife at the time, stressed presiding judge Maphios Cheda.
Cheda added that the senseless killing of women and girls cannot be tolerated by any society at all, and Ditshabue murdered the two women as he liked.
Ditshabue admitted before court at the start of his trial last year that he killed his pregnant wife by strangling her to death with his bare hands.
He claimed during an earlier appearance in the Gobabis Magistrates Court that he murdered Ditshabue because she had allegedly been committing adultery with another man.
On the second murder count - of which he completely denied any involvement - Ditshabue killed his girlfriend Kambende by stabbing her to death with a knife.
Evidence presented during trial had it that after he was released on bail for the murder of his wife, he hooked up with Kambende, and stabbed her at least five times with a knife during the incident.
Ditshabue' State-funded defence lawyer Willem Visser had earlier asked the court for a lenient sentence.
Meanwhile, the convict said today that he will lodge an urgent appeal against both his convictions and heavy sentences within the prescribed 14 days.