21 Jul 2016 14:10pm
WINDHOEK, 21 JUL (NAMPA) - An elderly farmworker found guilty of stabbing two people to death in 2009 and 2011 in the Hardap Region, has been sent to jail for an effective total of 55 years.
Eliakim Nampindi, 66, was sentenced by High Court Judge Alfred Siboleka on Thursday morning after the judge last week found him guilty on two charges of murder with direct intent to kill and a count of attempted murder.
Nampindi was sentenced to 20 years imprisonment on the first count of murder with direct intent to kill for stabbing fellow farmworker Paul Frederiks, 46, at Farm Onzerust in the Mariental district during a heated argument, apparently over alcohol, on 05 March 2009.
He got 35 years on the second count of murder with direct intention to kill when he stabbed his late girlfriend Anetta Jantjies, 38, about six times at a farm near the settlement of Schlip in the Kalkrand area on 03 August 2011.
Nampindi committed the second murder while he was free on bail for the first incident.
On the last count of attempted murder, he was sentenced to eight years for assaulting another farmworker, Salmon Rooinasie by stabbing him in the back on 03 August 2011 shortly after he stabbed Jantjies to death.
The sentence of eight years imprisonment was ordered to run concurrently with the 20-year prison term imposed on the first count of murder with direct intent to kill.
The elderly farmworker was thus sentenced to an effective total of 55 years imprisonment.
You have a tendency of ungovernable anger. You took the life of Paul Frederiks who was the sole breadwinner in his family. You stabbed to death Anetta Jantjies who was just making a living as a domestic worker in farm houses in the Kalkrand area.
The court is required by law to impose punishment that fits the circumstances and manner in which you killed the two deceased persons, said Judge Siboleka as he sentenced Nampindi.
Local media reports have it that Judge Siboleka rejected Nampindi's version that he stabbed the two deceased while acting in self-defence as being false.
Nampindi's government-sponsored defence lawyer, Mbanga Siyomunji has asked the court that his client should be sentenced to 12 years imprisonment on each of the two murder charges and a suspended sentence of three years on attempted murder.
State Advocate Ethel Ndlovu said the sentences of 25 years imprisonment for the murder of Fredericks, 35 years for the murder of Jantjies and 10 years for the attempted murder of Rooinasie, would be appropriate punishment.
In March 1983, Nampindi was sentenced to three years' imprisonment on a charge of culpable homicide.
In that incident, he allegedly used a knife to kill someone.
In August 1997, Nampindi was also sent to prison in connection with the killing of another person.
On that occasion, he stood trial under the name Kalumbi Matheus, and was sentenced to 16 years imprisonment of which three years were suspended after he pleaded guilty in the Windhoek High Court to a charge of murder without direct intent to kill.
At the time, Nampindi admitted that he had used a hoe to kill a 46-year-old man in the Omusati Region in March 1996.
He served about eight years of the 13-year prison term and was released on parole in July 2005.
The late Frederiks sustained a deep stab wound on the back and right side of his chest which ruptured one of his lungs.
The late Jantjies sustained six stab wounds on the abdomen and chest. The force of the stabbing forced her intestines out of her body cavity. She died the following day.
Siyomuinji defended Nampindi on the instructions of the Justice Ministry's Directorate of Legal Aid.
Nampindi is a married father of eight children, with the youngest being 17 years old.