Murder accused claims to have been 'possessed'

09 Nov 2016 16:40pm
OSHAKATI, 09 NOV (NAMPA) – Murder accused Johannes Shipanga on Tuesday told the court that he was “being led by evil spirits” when he killed his wife.
Leading evidence in court, Shipanga described how he shot his wife twice while her head rested in his lap on the day of her death in June 2015.
The 59-year-old Shipanga is charged with one count of murder and another count of attempting to defeat the course of justice when he tried to conceal evidence by burning his late wife’s body and the pistol he used in the vehicle.
He has already pleaded guilty to both charges.
“I shot her in her head once, then she fell into my lap. I then fired a second shot again [which hit her] in the head, which then went through to penetrate one of my thighs,” Shipanga narrated.
He told the court that he killed his wife out of anger as he was “being led by the evil spirit” at time.
Shipanga killed his wife just two months after she moved out of their marital home in April as the marriage started falling apart.
“I called her to escort me as I went to someone I had to take my identification card to as I had sold my car to him. When she arrived, I asked her when she was coming back home, but she responded that I had no right to ask her that or any other thing for that matter.
“It was that response that angered me so deeply that I pulled out my gun and shot her,” he testified.
He said they were married for more than 26 years and had a “happy and peaceful marriage” for 21 years.
“Things started changing in 2009 since I had lost my job and was unable to secure a permanent one. We disagreed a lot too,” he added.
Shipanga also claimed that he was informed by another woman that his wife was seen to be hanging around a particular man on many occasions - a man who he thinks was the reason his wife started restricting him from using their joint bank account.
“She once came home on payday without any groceries, which she never did before, she even stopped showing me her payslip, something which has never happened before,” he added.
Asked by Advocate Taodago Gaweseb if he had any other evidence of his wife’s alleged unfaithfulness apart from what he had heard from his source, Shipanga, who had his head bowed most of the time, said he did not.
Shipanga, who kept referring to the deceased as his “sweetheart”, was questioned about the testimony given last week by the couple’s friend about alleged previous attempts to kill his wife in 2011, which he denied, saying he had never attempted to hurt his wife as he loved her.
“I have reason to believe you had plans to kill her since then and you eventually did. That is not love, that is obsession, jealousy,” Gaweseb stated.
Shipanga, who confessed his guilt more than three times, was battling to hold back tears during his lengthy testimony.
Judge Marlene Tommasi postponed the matter to 24 November 2016.
The accused is represented by Lydia Nghipandulua of Legal Aid.