10 Sep 2013 07:40
WINDHOEK, 10 SEP (NAMPA) - A Keetmanshoop resident who admitted to killing his ex-girlfriends older sister in 2012 by strangling her to death there, was sent to jail for an effective 31 years on Tuesday.
The 32-year-old Gregorius Laurentius Kidos sentence was handed down by High Court Judge Naomi Shivute after he had pleaded guilty to charges of murder, theft, assault with the intent to do grievous bodily harm as well as assault by threat last week.
On the first count of murder with a direct intent to kill in connection with the strangling of Petrina Hendrina Isaak, the biological sister of Kidos ex-girlfriend Elfriede Fisch, he was sentenced to 30 years imprisonment.
He got six months imprisonment on the second count of theft for stealing a cellphone and a pair of scandals, which were in Isaaks possession at the time of her death.
On the third count of assault with the intent to do grievous bodily harm for having attacked and beaten Fisch, Kido was sentenced to 12 months imprisonment.
On the last count of assault by threat when he tried to stab Nicodemus Nehale with a knife when Nehale tried to rescue Fisch from further attacks, Kido was sentenced to three months imprisonment.
The sentence imposed in the count of theft was ordered to run concurrently with the punishment imposed in the count of murder with a direct intent to kill.
The court also ordered that the sentence imposed in the count of assault by threat should run concurrently with the punishment imposed for the count of assault with the intent to do grievous bodily harm.
In the result, Kido was sent to jail for an effective 31 years.
You ended the deceased person's life in a brutal manner. This was a real cowardly attack on a defenceless woman.
Therefore, in my view, a direct custodial term would be an appropriate punishment in this matter, said Judge Shivute as she handed down the sentence.
Evidence presented before court during the trial had it that Kido had initially enquired from Isaak about the whereabouts of Fisch, and when she (Isaak) refused to tell him where she was, he became angry and started to assault her.
Kido admitted in court that he strangled Isaak to death with his bare hands, after which he took her cellphone and a pair of sandals.
A summary of substantial facts contained in the indictment stated that during the late-night hours of 31 January 2012 or the early morning hours of 01 February 2012 in Tseiblaagte in Keetmanshoop, the deceased person was on her way home by foot when Kido pounced on her.
Isaak died on the scene due to manual strangulation.
It was further stated that Kido believed Isaak was to blame for his ex-girlfriend ending their intimate relationship, and/or causing her to apply for a protection order from the Namibian Police Force (NamPol) against him.
Kido is a first-time offender with no record of previous convictions, and is a single father of three children aged 11, nine and five years.
He grew up in Keetmanshoop, and attended both primary and secondary school at the village of Berseba, some 100 kilometres north-west of Keetmanshoop.
Windhoek-based defence lawyer Willem Visser represented Kido on the instructions of the Justice Ministry's Directorate of Legal Aid.
Public Prosecutor Anita Meyer handled the States case.