Rundu man in court for allegedly killing wife

02 Sep 2013 08:50
RUNDU, 02 SEP (NAMPA) - A 35-year-old man who allegedly brutally killed his wife last week by slitting her throat and stabbing her 12 times, appeared in the Rundu Magistrate’s Court on Monday.
Buta Epamba is charged with murder, read together with the provisions of the Domestic Violence Act No. 4 of 2003.
He allegedly killed 33-year-old Isabel Epamba with a kitchen knife at the Donkerhoek suburb of Rundu last Wednesday.
The deceased died on the spot in a pool of blood in the kitchen of her two-bedroom house.
The incident was allegedly motivated by jealousy, as the suspect apparently accused the deceased of having slept with another man.
Epamba is said to also have a case of assault with the intent to cause grievous bodily harm pending, which was allegedly opened by his now-deceased wife.
After being informed of the charges against him in Afrikaans, the accused told Rundu Magistrate Esme Molefe during his brief court appearance that he will be represented by a private lawyer, Petrus Strauss.
The magistrate did not ask the suspect to plead, but instead postponed the case to 29 October this year for further police investigations, and to allow for his lawyer to be present.
Epamba was remanded in custody until his next court appearance.
After allegedly murdering his wife, the man fled the scene and attempted to commit suicide by stabbing himself with a knife.
Namibian Police Force (NamPol) officers, however, thwarted that and arrested him.
He was then discharged from the Rundu Intermediary Hospital last Friday after injuring himself on the throat and stomach in that attempt to end his life.
According to one of the deceased’s relatives spoken to by Nampa last week, the suspect allegedly briefly abandoned work on Wednesday, came home and confronted his wife about where she had slept the previous night.
The source, who lived close to the deceased, said a fierce physical fight broke out between the two, also witnessed by their one-year-old twin boys.
Epamba then apparently took out a kitchen knife, slit his wife’s throat and stabbed her 12 times before fleeing the scene.
A large crowd of residents and passers-by flocked to witness the aftermath of the gruesome murder.
The suspect worked as a supervisor at the Woermann Brock supermarket at Rundu.
Meanwhile, a memorial service will be held in Tsumeb on Tuesday, while the burial will take place there on Wednesday.