Man gets 38 years for setting alight girlfriend, killing her

19 Jul 2017 13:30pm
WINDHOEK, 19 JUL (NAMPA) - A man who set his girlfriend alight, causing her death at Farm Dordabis in October in 2012, was on Wednesday sent to prison for 38 years.
Plesie Gowaseb, 41, was sentenced by High Court Christie Liebenberg following his own guilty pleas on charges of murder and arson in respect of the death of Petrina !Goagoses on the night of 13 October 2012.
The deceased suffered 70 per cent second and third degree skin burns and she succumbed to her injuries at a Windhoek hospital on 21 October 2012.
On the first charge of murder, Gowaseb was sentenced to 34 years imprisonment.
He got eight years for setting !Goagoses’s room on fire with an aim to kill her. Four years of this sentence was ordered to be served concurrently with the sentence handed down in respect of the murder count.
Liebenberg said !Goagoses was helpless and defenceless when Gowaseb set her room on fire while she was asleep, and was unable to escape from the fire because he had locked her room with a padlock from outside.
“In this case, a lengthy custodial sentence is inevitable,” he said.
In his plea of guilt statement before court, Gowaseb said he set !Goagoses’s room on fire and killed her after she had confronted him of having infected her with HIV.
Gowaseb had admitted in court that he is HIV positive.
He told the court that he was consumed by anger and failed to control it, and that the anger overwhelmed him to such an extent that he had decided to commit the horrible act.
Gowaseb is not a first offender as he has already served custodial sentence of assaulting a woman with a stone.
State Advocate Ethel Ndlovu appeared for the prosecution, while Government-funded defence lawyer Milton Engelbrecht represented Gowaseb.