17 Mar 2016 16:00pm
WINDHOEK, 17 MAR (NAMPA) - A Windhoek resident facing various criminal charges including rape, theft and attempted murder committed during April 2010 in the capital, was on Thursday found guilty as charged in the High Court.
The 35-year-old Pinias Kashawa was found guilty in a judgement handed down by Judge Alfred Siboleka.
Kashawa was found guilty on a count of housebreaking with intent to rob and robbery; housebreaking with intent to steal and theft; a count of assault with intent to do grievous bodily harm; two counts of assault by threat; two counts of rape; two counts of attempted murder; as well as a count of illegal possession of a firearm and ammunition without a licence.
The prosecution team has proved its case beyond reasonable doubt that you (Pinias Kashawa) are the very person who assaulted a number of women in the Okuryangava informal settlement on 17 April 2010.
The State has also proved its case beyond reasonable doubt that you are the person who had fired a shot in the direction of a police officer who had come to the rescue of the victims, said Judge Siboleka.
Evidence presented during the trial had it that Kashawa broke into a house in One Nation Location on 12 April 2010 and stole a pistol, magazine with eight rounds, Nokia 7100 mobile phone, Bloomwaldt phone, one pair of jeans, one wallet and a Namibian identity document (ID).
Kashawa, armed with a pistol, then went to a house in the Okuryangava residential area on 17 April 2010 and gained entry by forcing open a door, and threatened the occupants of the house with the firearm.
Kashawa then removed the clothing of one of the female occupants and had sexual intercourse with her without her consent, where after he demanded money from her.
He then searched the room for more valuables but when he did not find anything, he proceeded to another room where he raped another woman by gunpoint.
Kashawa had also tried to tie the second woman up with a rope and when she resisted, he assaulted her with the pistol.
According to the State, Kashawa threatened the victim that he would shoot her, and she then handed him a mobile phone, a mobile phone charger and a necklace.
He then ran away as the victim started to scream.
Kashawa went to another house in Okuryangava, where he again forced open a closed door and threatened another of his victims with the pistol and demanded money from her.
This victim handed Kashawa a cash box with N.dollars 500 under threat of the firearm.
Kashawa had also fired a shot at Okuryangava resident Poniso Shiyukwa intending to kill him and a police officer, Fredinard Nghiliganye, who was summoned by the residents.
Kashawa directed a shot at the police officer who returned fire and wounded him. He fell to the ground and was arrested. A bolt cutter, the 7.65 millimetre pistol and cash box were found next to him.
Kashawa returns to the Windhoek High Court on 24 May 2016 for the submission of evidence of mitigation and aggravation of sentencing.
State Advocate Palmer Khumalo is appearing for the prosecution.
Windhoek-based defence lawyer Ndapewa Shipopyeni is defending Kashawa on the instructions of the Justice Ministry's Directorate of Legal Aid.
He remains in custody at the Windhoek Correctional Facility.