Shaduka hands himself over

14 Nov 2016 16:50pm
WINDHOEK, 14 NOV (NAMPA) - Fugitive Lazarus Shaduka handed himself over to officials at the Namibian Consulate at Ondjiva in southern Angola on Monday after almost four years on the run.
Inspector-General of the Namibian Police Force (NamPol), Lieutenant-General Sebastian Ndeitunga confirmed this to Nampa Monday afternoon.
“He is still being held at the consulate and is not in police custody,” Ndeitunga said.
Ndeitunga could not confirm when Shaduka will be brought back home to Namibia to face legal action.
The convicted murderer has been on the run since 13 December 2012 when he fled the country via the Oshikango Border Post in the Ohangwena Region into neighbouring Angola.
He was initially convicted of culpable homicide in the death of his wife Selma Shaimemanya, 33, at the time, in their Klein Windhoek home on 13 July 2008.
Shaduka spent more than two years in police custody at the Windhoek Central Correctional facility and was released on 23 August 2010 after he paid a N.dollars 25 000 fine.
However, the freedom he enjoyed since his release came to an end on 13 December 2012, following a successful appeal by the State in the Supreme Court to have the charge changed from culpable homicide to murder.
The Supreme Court set aside Shaduka’s earlier conviction of culpable homicide by the High Court, and he was formally convicted of the murder of his wife.
He was then sentenced to an effective 20 years’ imprisonment by Chief Justice Peter Shivute and Judges of Appeal Gerhard Maritz and Sylvester Mainga on 13 December 2012.
Shaduka was not present in court when this judgement was delivered on that day and allegedly fled to Angola shortly afterwards.