21 Aug 2017 11:40am
WINDHOEK, 21 AUG (NAMPA) A man found guilty of stabbing his former girlfriend to death with a knife inside the Outjo State Hospital in late 2014, was on Monday sentenced to an effective 44 years imprisonment.
Hendrick !Nowoseb, 25, was sentenced by High Court Judge Christie Liebenberg after the same judge on 15 August 2017 found him guilty on a charge of murder in respect of the brutal stabbings that claimed the life of then 19-year-old Wilhelmina Tsauses on 06 December 2014.
On this charge, !Nowoseb was sent to jail for 40 years.
!Nowoseb was also sentenced to eight years in prison on the second charge of attempted murder in connection with a cut wound that Tsausess new boyfriend had sustained to his cheek during a scuffle with !Nowoseb earlier that day before he stabbed Tsauses to death.
Four years of this sentence was ordered to run concurrently with the punishment imposed in respect of the murder count.
Evidence presented during trial show that !Nowoseb first stabbed Tsauses on her head, neck and left arm at around 23h00 at her family house in Etoshapoort, injuring her severely before fleeing the scene.
He then launched the brutal stabbings on Tsauses the following day while she lay in a hospital bed during visiting hours.
Nurses found the deceased bleeding from a fresh and deep wound to the chest. She died shortly afterwards.
A few minutes after he was found guilty, !Nowoseb apologised to the deceaseds family and rest of Namibia and asked for forgiveness.
He told the court he had no intention to kill Tauses and only wanted to injure her.
Employed as a construction worker in the Outjo Distict, !Nowoseb grew up with his grandmother and attended school up to Grade 6.
He will serve his prison term at the Windhoek Central Correctional Facility.
Natji Tjirera defended Nowoseb, while State Advocate Martino Olivier appeared for prosecution.