Businesswoman fined for attempt on husband’s life

11 Mar 2017 11:50am
WINDHOEK, 11 MAR (NAMPA) – A 51-year-old businesswoman who conspired with hitmen to kill her husband in 2011, was on Friday handed a fine of N.dollars 30 000, or alternatively six years in prison.
Handing down the sentence in the Katutura Magistrate’s Court, Magistrate Alexis Diergaardt suspended two years of the six-year sentence on the grounds that she is not convicted on a count of attempted murder during the suspension period.
The accused was also sentenced to 300 hours of community service at the Children’s Hope Home in Hakahana. She was warned not to discuss the merits of the case with anyone at the centre while on duty.
On 23 February 2017, Hoff was found not guilty by the court of conspiring to commit murder, but she was however found guilty on a charge of attempted murder.
During the six-year trial, Susanne Hoff refuted all allegations of having conspired with three men between the period of 17 to 30 November 2011 namely Jekonia Shipepe, Wilbard Malima and Fanuel Haiduwa, to kill her husband Egbert Hoff.
During the trial Malima said Hoff gave them a deposit of N.dollars 5 000 to kill her husband. Hoff later gave the three N.dollars 12 000 as incentive to speed up the process, which they said they took but then went to the police to report the matter.
The total payment agreed upon was N.dollars 25 000 upon completion of the task.
Through her privately funded defence counsel Esi Schimming-Chase, Hoff gave a different version of the events, noting she merely asked the alleged hitmen to investigate her husband on suspicion that he was selling her horses.
She was arrested on 30 November 2011, but was released on bail of N.dollars 50 000 after being in police custody for four months.