WINDHOEK, 21 MAY (NAMPA) - Windhoek resident Gerson Uri-Khob has been sent to jail for an effective 30 years for stabbing his wife to death with a knife in 2011 in the Goreangab Dam area.
The 50-year-old Uri-Khob was on Tuesday morning sentenced by High Court Judge Nate Ndauendapo after he was earlier found guilty on a charge of murder with a direct intent to kill, as well as common assault.
His convictions and punishment emanated from the murder of his late wife, Lydia Uri-Khos, as well as an assault on his 15-year-old daughter on 11 February 2011 in the Goreangab Dam area on the western outskirts of Windhoek.
On the count of murder with a direct intent to kill, Uri-Khob was sentenced to 30 years imprisonment.
He got one year on the count of common assault, with the sentence on this count ordered to run concurrently with the sentence imposed for the murder.
?The crime of murder is indeed a serious offence. The killing of women - the most vulnerable members of our society - by their husbands and boyfriends has reached endemic proportions in our society. The crime of murder is very prevalent and despite heavy sentences, this offence continues unabated in our country.
The society is now sick and tired of men who resort to such heinous conduct as a way of expressing their anger, disapproval and/or disappointment when their relationships with women do not work out,? stressed judge Ndauendapo.
According to the judge, the deceased person met her death in a most brutal and barbaric manner at the hands of her husband.
?The deceased person was not only assaulted with an iron pipe, but when she fled, Uri-Khob pursued her into the house and butchered her with a knife. She was defenceless, and you (Uri-Khob) stabbed her about eight times on the body,? said the judge.
Evidence presented by the State during trial had it that Uri-Khob and his deceased wife were involved in a heated quarrel over their relationship on 11 February 2011 at their residence.
Uri-Khob hit the deceased person with a piece of iron pipe all over her body, and when their daughter tried to come to the assistance of her mother, Uri-Khob hit her on the mouth with the piece of iron pipe.
He then stabbed Uri-Khos at least eight times with a knife in her neck and other parts of the body, and she succumbed to stab wounds at the scene.
At the start of his trial, Uri-Khob wanted to plead guilty to the murder charge, but after he claimed that he had no intention to kill the deceased person, the State rejected this plea of guilty and instead entered a plea of not guilty.
He, however, pleaded not guilty to the common assault charge, claiming he had no recollection of it.
The deceased person was 41 years at the time of her death.
Windhoek-based defence lawyer Willem Visser appeared for Uri-Khob, acting on the instructions of the Justice Ministry's Directorate of Legal Aid.
Deputy Prosecutor-General Belinda Wantenaar represented the State.