Otjiwarongo mechanic gets 35 years for brutal stabbings

29 Aug 2017 15:30pm
WINDHOEK, 29 AUG (NAMPA) - A mechanic found guilty in the High Court of brutally stabbing his girlfriend and mother of his minor child to death in 2013 at Otjiwarongo in the Otjozondjupa Region, was on Tuesday sent to jail for an effective 35 years.
Edmund Jagger, 29, was sentenced to an effective 35 years imprisonment by High Court Judge Alfred Siboleka.
Jagger stabbed the deceased, Renelda Alien Oamite Hoeses, 22, with a knife about 18 times all over her body shortly after she informed him of another lover and he intentions to immediately end their relationship.
The incident happened at Hoeses parentsÂ’ house in the Orwetoveni residential area during the night of 01 March 2013.
He was sentenced after the court on 21 July 2017 found him guilty on a charge of murder with dolus eventualis in the sense that he foresaw that the stabbings would cause the deceased's death.
Jagger's evidence that he was not fully conscious of what he was doing during the brutal stabbings was dismissed by the court as mere fabrication and afterthoughts in efforts for him to have a lesser punishment.
Furthermore, Jagger refused to testify before court during the proceedings of the trial and showed no single sign of remorse towards the deceased's family in respect of the loss of life.
The late 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 police cut him loose from the wire during the failed suicide attempt.
Government-funded defence lawyer Joshua Kaumbi appeared for Jagger.
State Advocate Carol-Ann Esterhuizen represented the prosecution.