Confessions in children's murder admitted as evidence

02 Mar 2017 16:30pm
WINDHOEK, 02 MAR (NAMPA) – The father who stands accused of murdering his two minor children in December 2009, suffered a heavy blow when his self-incriminating statements were admitted as evidence in court.
These statements and other related confessions by Jonas Penovanhu Shinana, 31, were ruled admissible to be used in his double murder case in a judgement handed down by High Court Judge Nate Ndauendapo at the end of a trial-within-a-trial here Thursday.
The self-incriminating statements and confessions Shinana gave to the Police investigating officers on 28 December 2009 will be used against him in the continuation of the main trial, which is scheduled to resume before the same judge on 15 May and run until 19 May.
During the hearing of the trial-within-a-trial, Shinana strongly disputed the confessions and statements, claiming the investigating officers had forced him to make them.
The accused also claimed he was not properly informed about the right to have a legal representative present when making the statements.
However, the prosecution, led by State Advocate Palmer Khumalo, proved beyond reasonable doubt that the confessions and other statements were made voluntarily and freely.
The case was then postponed as per agreement reached in court between Khumalo and Shinana's State-sponsored defence lawyer, Bradley Basson.
Shinana is charged with two counts of murder dealt with under provisions of the Combating of Domestic Violence Act (Act Four) of 2003.
He allegedly killed his two biological children - Matheus Shinana, 6, and Emilia Naatye Shinana, 4 - by slitting their throats with a knife between 23 and 24 December 2009 at their house along Mersey Street in Windhoek's Wanaheda residential area.
A summary of substantial facts contained in the charge sheet have it that Shinana attempted to commit suicide by hanging himself with a rope shortly after the alleged murders.
He remains in custody at the Windhoek Central Prison's holding cells with no option to post bail.