Murder convict Richard Hange faces sentencing

14 Apr 2015 12:10pm
WINDHOEK, 14 APR (NAMPA) - A man found guilty of murdering his girlfriend by hitting her with a blunt object on the head, will be sentenced in the High Court here on Thursday this week.
The 27-year-old Richard Hange was found guilty of killing Lisa Kandovazu at her residence in the Havana informal settlement on the outskirts of Windhoek on 27 September 2011.
The judgement was handed down by High Court Judge Christie Liebenberg on Friday last week.
The case is being dealt with under the provisions of the Combating of Domestic Violence Act of 2003.
Liebenberg told the court on Tuesday that he will hand down punishment in the matter on Thursday at 09h00.
The Judge said this shortly after he listened to oral submissions of evidence of mitigation and aggravation of sentencing by prosecution representative, State Advocate Jack Eixab and Hange's Government-funded defence lawyer Hipura Ujaha.
In his submissions, Ujaha asked the court to show some mercy at the time of sentencing and pleaded with the court to impose a punishment that would not ‘break down’ his client.
Ujaha conceded that his client was found guilty of a serious charge of murder and could not escape a long prison punishment.
For this reason, the defence lawyer asked the court that part of the sentence be suspended.
On his part, the State Advocate asked the court to impose a sentence of between 30 and 35 years imprisonment for the loss of life without any part of the sentence being suspended.
Hange pleaded not guilty at the start of the trial, claiming that the deceased had caused her own death by allegedly throwing herself against some parts of the corrugated iron-sheets of her shack dwelling during a scuffle between the two of them.
Evidence presented before court during trial had it that after hitting the late Kandovazu on the head with a unknown blunt object, Hange tried to strangle her and later stabbed her at least twice with a knife.
Kandovazu died on the scene due to blood loss caused by the brutal beating, while the injuries caused by one of the stab wounds also contributed to her demise.
Hange remains in police custody at the Windhoek Correctional Facility (formerly Windhoek Central Prison).