Trial of father accused of killing children on hold

18 Jul 2016 12:20pm
WINDHOEK, 18 JUL (NAMPA) - The continuation of the trial of a man who stands accused of murdering his two minor children in Windhoek in December 2009, has been put on hold until next Monday.
The court case of Jonas Penovanhu Shinana, 30, is scheduled to continue before presiding High Court Judge Nate Ndauendapo at 10h00 on 25 July.
His double murder case was on Monday remanded as per an agreement reached in court by Shinana's State-sponsored defence lawyer Bradley Basson and the prosecution representative, State Advocate Palmer Khumalo.
Shinana is charged with two counts of murder, which are both being dealt with under the provisions of the Combating of Domestic Violence Act (Act Four) of 2003.
The accused, a former security guard based in Windhoek, allegedly killed his biological children Matheus Shinana, 6, and Emilia Naatye Shinana, 4, by slitting their throats with a knife between 23 and 24 December 2009 at their house along Mersey Street in Windhoek's Wanaheda residential area.
A summary of substantial facts contained in the charge sheet has it that Shinana unsuccessfully attempted to commit suicide by hanging himself shortly after he murdered the two children.
He remains in custody at the Windhoek Central Prison's holding cells with no option to post bail since his arrest in December 2009.