30 Sep 2016 12:30pm
WINDHOEK, 30 SEP (NAMPA) An Ongwediva-based businessperson found guilty of murdering a member of the Women and Men Network Against Crime organisation was on Friday sent to jail for 17 years.
Victim Tobias Abisai, a member of the Khomas-based community policing unit, died after he was shot and wounded by Jackson Panduleni Absalom at a shopping centre along Ondoto Street in Katutura's Okuryangava residential area on 19 February 2013.
Windhoek Regional Magistrate Sarel Jacobs imposed the punishment of 17 years.
The 30-year-old businessperson was on 21 September 2016 found guilty on a charge of murder in the Windhoek Regional Court after the court strongly rejected his explanation of acting in self-defence when he fired the shot at 33-year-old Abisai.
The crime of murder is a very serious offence and requires long custodial punishment in case of conviction. An innocent life was lost forever when a member of the society was unlawfully killed. You knew very well what you were doing on 19 February 2013 when you went to a public place armed with a firearm and thereafter shot at an unarmed person, said Jacobs as he imposed the punishment.
The Regional Magistrate has also fully informed Absalom about his constitutional rights to file a notice of appeal against both the conviction and sentence before the Windhoek Regional Court or High Court within the prescribed 14 days from Friday if he feels the punishment was too heavy.
Initially, Absalom was arrested with two other young men but they were released, as the police could not link them to the murder. They were attempting to rob a security guard in possession of money collected from several clients of the shopping centre.
When the three men failed in their attempt to rob the security guard, Absalom fired shots into the air, injuring Abisai who had been on a routine patrol of the shopping centre.
They, however, did not manage to get away with anything.
Abisai died while receiving treatment in Katutura State Hospital.
Public Prosecutor Seredine Jacobs represented the State, while Africa Jantjies appeared for Absalom.