High Court sentence abusive woman to 30 years in jail

29 Jul 2015 10:10am
OSHAKATI, 29 JUL (NAMPA) – A 50-year-old woman from the Omatadiva village in the Omusati Region was sentenced to 30 years' imprisonment in the High Court here on Tuesday for the death of a minor.
Frieda Kalukuma stood accused of killing three-year-old Kauna Sakaria, who was in her care, at the said village in March 2011.
Kalukuma is said to have systematically abused Sakaria to death. She was seen beating the now deceased child on 27 and 28 March 2011 before the child was found dead on 29 March 2011.
Sakaria sustained serious wounds and scars over her body, which the post-mortem described as both old and fresh. Post-mortem results also indicate that the cause of death was trauma to the deceased’s head, which came as a result of external force.
The court learned from witnesses that Kalukuma wanted to hasten the burial of the deceased before the arrival of the Police in a bid to bury the evidence.
Sakaria, whose parents live in Angola, is said to have suffered systematic assault and abuse at the hands of Kalukuma over the two-month period she stayed with her.
Her body was found with skin peeling off, but Kalukuma told Police investigation officials that the skin peeled off when she was bathing her.
Kalukuma pleaded not guilty, and denied she had beaten the child. She told the court that she found the child already sick before her death.
Judge Mefios Cheda found Kalukuma guilty of murder with legal or constructive intent.
State advocate Neville Wamambo appeared for the State. Lawyer Maria Marcia Amupolo, who appeared for Kalukuma, told this agency that she would appeal against the sentence.