20 Oct 2015 15:10pm
WINDHOEK, 20 OCT (NAMPA) The biological sister of a man whose body was found lying near the railway line at Keetmanshoop in March 2008 says her brother was killed in an inhumane manner.
Keetmanshoop resident Joeline Jansen says her deceased brother - Henry Tomas Julius - was killed like an animal because his throat was slit open with an Okapi pocket knife which was used as a weapon in the incident.
Jansen said this on Tuesday morning when she gave evidence in aggravation of sentencing in the case of Kevin Adams, 40, and Jeanetta Katrina Julius, 48, who were at the end of September this year found guilty of the murder of Henry Tomas Julius.
Juliuss lifeless body was discovered by a passer-by along the railway line in the Krönlein residential area of Keetmanshoop on 05 March 2008.
Adams was found guilty of the murder of Julius with direct intention to kill.
However, Adams' girlfriend and the deceased person's wife Jeanetta - was only found guilty on a lesser charge of defeating, obstructing or attempting to defeat the course of justice after the State presented undisputed prima facie evidence before court that she had washed the bloodstained clothes Adams wore on the day of the killing.
My brother had suffered a cruel death at the hands of the convicted person - Kevin Adams. The deceased was killed in a very inhumane manner because his throat was slit open with the Okapi pocket knife just like somebody killing an animal. This incident was a very cruel killing.
The family of the two convicted persons did not make any effort to apologise to us for the loss of life. I, therefore, feel that a direct custodial term will be an appropriate punishment in this matter, Jansen said in her evidence.
Jansen will again return to the witness stand on 30 November this year for the cross-examination and re-examination by both defence lawyers Mbanga Siyomuinji and Boris Isaacks and prosecution representative, State Advocate Shakwa Nyambe in connection with the evidence she gave before court today.
Meanwhile, on 14 October this year, convicted Adams tendered his apology to the family and friends of the deceased person for the loss of life.
On the day, Adams apologised while giving his evidence in mitigation of sentencing in the presence of his State-funded defence Isaacks.
I am really remorseful because the deceased person lost his life during the incident. This is my genuine apology to the family and friends of the deceased person, said Adams at the time.
In the matter, Jeanetta was acquitted of killing her late husband after the State could not provide evidence linking her to the murder.
Jeanetta was found guilty and convicted on a charge of defeating, obstructing or attempting to defeat the course of justice when the State presented undisputed prima facie evidence before court that she had washed the bloodstained clothes Adams wore on the day of the killing, and she also had full knowledge that he had committed the offence.
She too is awaiting sentencing.
Jeanetta and Adams had been involved in a romantic relationship at the time of the killing of her husband.
Evidence presented by the prosecution representative, State Advocate Nyambe had it that Adams and Jeanetta had acted with common purpose when they planned to kill Henry.
State witnesses told the court during the trial that Adams and Jeanetta hid the clothing, a bloodstained tracksuit, inside their bedding and prevented the police from tracing Adams by hiding him inside a house and locking the house.
According to the State witness evidence, they did this knowing that their conduct may frustrate or interfere with police investigations.
The deceased was still officially married to Jeanetta at the time of his death, but they separated some time prior to his death.
During the evening of 04 March 2008 to the early morning hours of 05 March 2008, the two convicts and deceased were seen drinking at a local watering hole.
After they left together, Adams stabbed the deceased with a knife on their way to Krönlein along the railway line.
The deceased died on the scene as a result of multiple stab wounds and acute blood loss.
Windhoek-based defence lawyers Siyomunji and Isaacks are representing the two convicts on the instructions of the Justice Ministry's Directorate of Legal Aid.
The two convicts remain in the police holding cells at the Windhoek Correctional Facility until 30 November this year, when they return to court for the continuation of the evidence in mitigation of sentencing.