17 Jul 2013 13:10
OSHAKATI, 17 JUL (NAMPA) - The High Court at Oshakati on Wednesday sentenced a resident of Ohaushombo village, Sara Kamutushi to 20 years? imprisonment for murdering her newborn baby at that village in 2011.
The village is situated in the Oshana Region?s Ongwediva Constituency.
Court officials confirmed Kamutushi?s sentence to Nampa on Wednesday.
Five of the 20 years was however suspended for a period of five years on condition that she is not convicted of murder or culpable homicide during the period of suspension.
Judge Christie Liebenberg convicted Kamutushi of murder and concealment of birth, read with the provisions of the Combating of Domestic Violence Act, 4 of 2003, on 05 July this year.
The 29-year-old stood accused of murdering her baby boy and burying the body after giving birth to him on 01 December 2011 without informing anybody.
She is said to have given birth under a tree situated some 80 metres away from her parents? homestead. She allegedly thereafter wrapped the baby in a bed sheet and left it to suffer alone before it was discovered crying by three boys from the village who were passing by.
?After a report was made at Kamutushi?s home by some boys about a crying baby found under a tree, the accused accompanied them to the place where she picked up the child. It is not in dispute that the accused at the time admitted to the boys that it was her child,? said Liebenberg during his judgment at the time.
The court heard that the woman told the boys she had left her newborn baby boy under the tree as she allegedly did not want the baby because it was ugly.
She then however promised the boys she would pick up the baby and take care of it, and they went to report the matter to teachers at a nearby school.
The boys and one of the teachers returned to the tree, only to realise Kamutushi and her baby were no longer there.
This prompted them to go to the accused?s parents? house where enquiries were made as to the whereabouts of the child, as it was not with the accused upon their arrival.
After some prodding, Kamutushi revealed that she once again left the baby under the tree, but when they took her back to the same place, they discovered that she had in fact buried the baby in a shallow hole behind the same tree.
The police were then called in, and theyr arrested Kamutushi. Medical examinations determined that the baby was alive at birth, had no congenital malfunction, and weighed 2,5 kilogramme.
It was also detected through post-mortem examinations that the baby died of asphyxiation (suffocation).
Kamutushi?s parents were not aware that she was pregnant.
?The accused acted with direct intent and committed the murder for her own selfish reasons,? Liebenberg stated while handing down judgment on Wednesday.
Kamutushi is a first-time offender, unmarried and already a mother of a four-year-old daughter who is taken care of by her parents at Ohaushombo village.