Man gets 38 years for killing ex-girlfriend

01 Feb 2017 15:30pm
WINDHOEK, 01 FEB (NAMPA) - A man found guilty of stabbing to death his ex-girlfriend at Okombahe in Erongo Region four years ago, was on Wednesday sent to jail for 38 years.
The 31-year-old Trougoth Nanub was punished after he was found responsible for the death of his ex-girlfriend, Cheroline Dausas, in a judgement handed down by High Court Judge Alfred Siboleka on 12 January 2017.
Dausas, 25, died after Nanub stabbed her with a knife in the Omaruru District on 09 October 2012.
“The State has presented credible prima facie evidence through the testimonies of the several State witnesses that you viciously attacked your ex-girlfriend shortly after she had terminated the relationship with you,” said the judge as he sent Nanub behind bars.
Siboleka said Nanub is a danger to defenseless women and such a long custodial term would be an appropriate punishment.
Nanub was found guilty and sentenced on the charge of murder with a direct intent to kill, which was dealt with by the court in terms of the provisions of the Combating of Domestic Violence Act of 2003 that warrants heavy punishment in respect of convictions.
Nanub had pleaded not guilty at the start of his trial in July 2016.
He had been involved in a romantic relationship with the late Dausas some time prior to her death.
Testimonies by State witnesses have it that on the night of the incident, Nanub called Dausas when he found her with a new boyfriend.
She went to Nanub, who then started to beat her. When she ran away from him, he pursued her and stabbed her with a knife.
In his submissions, Deputy Prosecutor-General Jackson Kuutondokwa also asked the court for a long prison sentence on the basis that Nanub had inflicted three deep and penetrating stab wounds to the chest area of the deceased.
State-funded defence lawyer, Milton Engelbrecht unsuccessfully pleaded with the court to dismiss the charge against his client.
Engelbrecht defended Nanub on instructions of the Justice Ministry’s Directorate of Legal Aid.
Nanub will serve his sentence at the Windhoek Central Correctional Facility.