Mechanic Jagger guilty of stabbing girlfriend to death

21 Jul 2017 14:20pm
WINDHOEK, 21 JUL (NAMPA) - A mechanic accused of stabbing his girlfriend and mother of his minor child to death in 2013 at Otjiwarongo in the Otjozondjupa Region, was on Friday found guilty in the High Court.
Edmund Jagger, 26, was found guilty on a charge of murder with direct intention to kill in a judgement handed down by High Court Judge Alfred Siboleka.
Jagger stabbed Renelda Alien Oamite Hoeses, 22, at her parents’ house in the Orwetoveni residential area during the night of 01 March that year.
He stabbed her with a knife about 18 times all over the body shortly after she informed him of anther lover and that she wanted to end their relationship.
“I am satisfied that the prosecution proved its case beyond reasonable doubt through State witnesses’ testimonies that there was no other assailants who had inflicted the stabbing blows on the deceased other than Edmund Jagger,” said the judge.
Hoeses died on the scene due to hypovolemic shock caused by severe blood loss after the brutal stabbings.
Jagger fled the scene after the attack and unsuccessfully attempted to commit suicide by hanging himself with a wire before he was arrested.
A blood stained knife he had used to kill Hoeses was found in his possession when the police cut him from the wire during the failed suicide attempt.
Government-funded defence lawyer Joshua Kaumbi is appearing for Jagger.
State Advocate Carol-Ann Esterhuizen is representing the prosecution.
The trial was postponed until 28 July for the submission of evidence of aggravation and mitigation of sentencing.