Man gets 30 years for killing girlfriend in Swakopmund

20 Nov 2015 16:30pm
WINDHOEK, 20 NOV (NAMPA) - A resident of the DRC informal settlement in Swakopmund was on Friday sentenced to 30 years imprisonment for killing his girlfriend during October 2012.
High Court Judge Christie Liebenberg sent the 33-year-old Fabianus Shekunyenge to jail for the murder of Rodnella Awises, 19, whom he beat to death with a stick and a palm tree branch on 28 October 2012.
“This was a brutal act of violence against the defenceless woman and the seriousness of the crime of murder always attracts a long custodial term.
“The aggravating factor in this matter is that you (Shekunyenge) brutally killed a defenceless woman who is the mother of your minor child,” explained the judge.
Shekunyenge's trial was dealt with by the court under provisions of the Combating of Domestic Violence Act of 2003.
Liebenberg said Shekunyenge’s claims that he defended himself against Awises who wanted to stab him when she arrived at their shack dwelling “staggering drunk”, was highly unlikely and must be rejected.
Shekunyenge is a first-time offender with no record of a previous criminal offence. He has three other minor children living at a village in northern Namibia and he had been providing for these children financially.
His state-funded defence lawyer, Titus Ipumbu asked the court to impose a prison term of no more than 15 years as a custodial sentence would be inevitable.
Prosecution representative, State Advocate Shakwa Nyambe has asked the court to impose a sentence of at least 35 years imprisonment.