27 Jul 2017 14:20pm
WINDHOEK, 27 JUL (NAMPA) - The High Court on Thursday allowed a farmworker sentenced to 55 years incarceration to appeal it.
Eliakim Nampindi, 67, was on 21 June 2016 sentenced by High Court Judge Alfred Siboleka for stabbing two people dead in the Hardap Region in 2009 and 2011.
On Thursday, Nampindi returned to the Windhoek High Court with an urgent application, asking the judiciary to reduce the sentence, which he argued is too heavy in comparison to his advanced age.
Nampindi was allowed to appeal the sentence in a ruling handed down by the same Judge who imposed the punishment last year.
His appeal is scheduled to be heard on 31 August 2017 and a State-funded defence lawyer will be availed to him before the hearing starts.
Nampindi was sentenced to 20 years imprisonment on the first count of murder for stabbing fellow farmworker Paul Frederiks, 46, at Farm Onzerust in the Mariental District during a heated argument, apparently over alcohol, on 05 March 2009.
He was also sentenced to 35 years imprisonment on the second count of murder for stabbing Anetta Jantjies, 38, six times at a farm near the Schlip settlement in the Kalkrand area on 3 August 2011.
He committed the second murder while free on bail for the first charge.
Furthermore, Nampindi was sentenced to eight years for assaulting another farmworker, Salmon Rooinasie, by stabbing him in the back on 03 August 2011, shortly after he had stabbed Jantjies to death.
The sentence of eight years imprisonment was ordered to run concurrently with the 20-year prison term imposed on the first count of murder.
He was thus sentenced to 55 years imprisonment.
Mbanga Siyomuinji defended Nampindi during trial while Ethel Ndlovu appeared for the State.