Murder Convict Piet Farmer Faces Sentencing On Wednesday

23 May 2013 06:38

WINDHOEK, 21 MAY (NAMPA) - Keetmanshoop resident Pieter Farmer, who was found guilty last month of killing his young ex-girlfriend at the southern town in November 2005, will be sentenced in the High Court on Wednesday.
High Court Judge Nate Ndauendapo, who presided over the trial, will hand down the sentence in the matter.
The 36-year-old Farmer was found guilty on 10 April this year on three counts - murder with a direct intent to kill, possession of a firearm without a licence and illegal possession of ammunition.
Farmer's convictions emanated from the killing of 18-year-old Dolleveria McKay in the early hours of 12 November 2005 in Keetmanshoop's Kronlein residential area, when he shot the young woman, who is also the mother of his child, in the heart with a 7.65 millimetre calibre pistol.
?The behaviour of the accused person shortly after the shooting incident clearly showed that he shot the deceased person deliberately because she had ended the relationship with him. In my view, the accused person's explanation that the shot that struck the deceased person went off accidentally is just a mere afterthought. The version of the accused person is thus false,? the judge declared, as he found the accused guilty of the crime.
According to Ndauendapo, the evidence presented by the State in its totality was sufficient to find the accused person guilty of murder in this case.
?In the result, the State proved its case beyond a reasonable doubt that in this case, it was the accused person who shot dead the deceased person. He had a direct intent to kill the deceased person because she had ended the relationship with him,? the judge reiterated at the time.
Farmer had pleaded not guilty to the counts of murder, possession of a firearm without a licence and possession of ammunition at the start of his trial in July 2011.
In a written explanation on his not guilty plea, he claimed that a shot went off accidentally and inexplicably when he handed the pistol to McKay for safekeeping.
He further claimed that he did not know that the gun was loaded when he handed it to her.
During the trial, two State witnesses told the court that they were with the deceased person at a popular drinking hole at the town on the day of her death.
They testified that when they decided to go home, Farmer came running after them and demanded to speak to his girlfriend alone.
They then moved about 10 metres away from the couple.
According to the witnesses, the duo spoke normally for a couple of minutes, and then started to quarrel.
After a few more minutes of quarrelling, a shot rang out and they saw McKay falling to the ground, the two witnesses told the court.
The witnesses further testified that when they tried to approach McKay and Farmer, he (Farmer) told them in a threatening manner to stay away.
State Advocate Ingrid Husselman is appearing for the prosecution while State-sponsored defence lawyer, Hennie Kruger is representing Farmer.
Kruger is defending Farmer on the instruction of the Justice Ministry's Directorate of Legal Aid.