Young man guilty of mother's death

05 Oct 2016 14:30pm
WINDHOEK, 05 OCT (NAMPA) - A man on trial for hacking his mother to death with an axe at the Otjimbingwe settlement in 2013, was found guilty as charged in the High Court here Wednesday.
Sigfried Uirab, 26, was found responsible for causing the death of Erika Uiras, 64, when he hit her with an axe at Otjimbingwe, situated south-east of Karibib in the Erongo Region, on 21 November 2013.
The pensioner died of head injuries while receiving treatment in a Windhoek hospital two days after the attack. She was hit five times with the axe on the back her head.
Uirab was further found guilty on the last two counts of assault with intention to cause grievous bodily harm and assault by threat after he attacked his sister, Ruth Uiras, by hitting her on the head with the same axe and chased another relative, Lizette Uiras, with the same weapon on the day of the incident.
Delivering his judgement, High Court Judge Christie Liebenberg said an axe was used which is a very lethal weapon, and the five blows the victim sustained were directed to her head.
“I am, therefore, satisfied that the State has proved its case reasonable doubt that Sigfried Uirab was the responsible person who caused the death of his mother when he hacked her with an axe on 21 November 2013 at the settlement of Otjimbingwe,” said Liebenberg.
In her submissions, State Advocate Felistas Sikerete-Vendura asked that Uirab be found guilty as charged on the three counts of murder, assault with an intention to cause grievous bodily harm and assault by threat.
Uirab's defence lawyer Titus Ipumbu unsuccessfully told the court his client could not be held criminally responsible for the death of his mother because he was apparently suffering from substance-induced psychosis as he abused alcohol and dagga prior and at the time of the incident.
Uirab maintained during the whole trial that he was possessed by “strange unknown spirits” that forced him to commit the crime.
He was transferred from Windhoek Police Station holding cells to the Windhoek Central Correctional Facility upon conviction.
The case was remanded until 17 October 2016 for the presentation of evidence of mitigation and aggravation of sentencing.