Shaningwa says he shot Finnish man in self-defence

10 Apr 2017 15:50pm
WINDHOEK, 10 APR (NAMPA) – A Windhoek resident who shot and killed a Finnish man in August 2015, said he fired the shots in self-defence after the deceased threatened to run him over.
Danne Rodney Shaningwa, 45, said this at the start of his murder trial before High Court Judge Christie Liebenberg here on Monday morning.
He entered not guilty pleas to a charge of murder, failure to report an accident within 24 hours and defeating the course of the administration of justice for hiding his Volkswagen Polo vehicle which was involved in the accident.
“I fired shots at the deceased, Ronni Marco Kristian Uolevi, at around 00h30 on 09 August 2015 in self-defence because he was threatening my life,” Shaningwa said.
He said Uolevi drove his Ranger Rover into the back of his sedan in front of Joker’s Pizzeria and Sports Bar along Bell Street.
“He immediately reversed his car and started driving towards me in efforts to hit and kill me,” Shaningwa said in his statement handed in before court by his privately-instructed defence lawyer, Slysken Makando.
He said he felt his life was in danger and he reacted by firing shots in the direction of Uolevi’s car in efforts to prevent the deceased from running him over.
State witness, Alexander Paulus, told the court the shooting started shortly after Uolevi drove into the back of Shaningwa’s sedan.
The initial gunshots hit the Ranger Rover’s right front wheel, while the subsequent shots were directed at the driver’s side of the vehicle.
Paulus said the person who shot at the Ranger Rover was standing in the middle of the road and when the Ranger Rover drove off, a woman got out of the sedan and asked the man to stop shooting.
The Range Rover came to a standstill near the traffic lights.
“When I looked through the windows, a person was lying on the vehicle’s steering wheel,” Paulus testified, noting that he did not know the deceased or accused in the matter.
Paulus notified the City Police of the incident.
Members of the Namibian Police Force’s Serious Crime Investigations Unit arrested Shaningwa at his home in Windhoek on 11 August 2015 after he had been on the run for almost two days.
Shaningwa allegedly fired nine rounds from his pistol, killing the Finnish man, before driving off.
The pistol used during the incident was recovered by investigating officers at the time of his arrest.
Carol-Ann Esterhuizen is defending the State’s case.
Trial continues Tuesday.