06 Sep 2016 12:50pm
REWRITING LAST PART OF FOURTH PARA TO READ '10 YEARS WERE ORDERED TO RUN CONCURRENTLY WITH THE SENTENCE OF 40 YEARS IMPOSED ON THE FIRST COUNT OF MURDER'.
WINDHOEK, 06 SEP (NAMPA) - An Outjo resident was on Tuesday sent to jail for 47 years for the rape and death of a former manager of the Etosha Safari Camp in the Kunene Region in September 2008.
Jesaya Nicanor was found guilty as charged by High Court Judge Christie Liebenberg here on 25 July 2016 for the rape and murder of Fiona Ann Holton between 20 and 21 September 2008.
The 40-year-old Nicanor was linked to the two incidents at the safari camp after traces of his deoxyribonucleic acid (DNA) was found in the private parts of the deceased person.
He was sentenced to 40 years imprisonment on the first count of murder, and 17 years on the second count of rape of which 10 years were ordered to run concurrently with the sentence of 40 years imposed in the first count of murder.
Earlier reports by the 'New Era' newspaper said a blood spot found on a pair of shorts Nicanor was wearing the day before the incident was also positively identified as belonging to Holton.
These tests were conducted by the Namibian Forensic Science Institute and came out similar to tests done by the British Columbia Institute in Canada.
Nicanor was, however, found not guilty and acquitted on the charge of defeating or obstructing or attempting to defeat or obstruct the course of justice for washing and/or hiding a pair of beige Bermuda camouflage pants the police asked for shortly after his arrest.
He denied guilt at the start of his trial and vehemently denied that he was anywhere near the residence of the deceased person when she was raped and murdered.
Evidence presented during trial has it that Nicanor was a contractor installing air-conditioners at Etosha Safari Camp at the time of the crimes.
He had hit the deceased with an unknown object on the head and strangled her after having raped her.
Holton died as a result of head injuries sustained during the attack.
State Advocate Felistas Shikerete appeared for prosecution.
Mese Tjtiuri defended Nicanor on the instructions of the Justice Ministry's Directorate of Legal Aid.