Shaningwa gets 24 years for road rage shooting saga

31 Aug 2017 14:00pm
WINDHOEK, 31 AUG (NAMPA) – A Windhoek resident was Thursday sentenced to 24 years imprisonment for shooting and killing a Finnish man during a road rage incident near a local bar on 09 August 2015.
Danne Rodney Shaningwa was sentenced by High Court Judge Christie Liebenberg after the same judge on 14 August 2017 found him guilty on a charge of murder with ‘dolus eventualis’ in the sense that he foresaw the shots that he fired killing Ronni Marco Kristian Uolevi.
The 45-year-old was also found guilty on a second charge of defeating the course of justice for failure to report an accident within 24 hours and hiding his sedan that was involved in the accident.
On the first charge, Shaningwa was sentenced to 24 years imprisonment and four years in respect of the second charge.
The sentence of four years imposed on the second charge was ordered to be served concurrently with the sentence of the first charge.
Shaningwa was also declared unfit to possess a firearm for a period of two years, from the date of his release from prison.
In addition, a pistol Shaningwa used during the shooting incident was forfeited to State.
“You - Danne Rodney Shaningwa - only expressed the genuine remorse and accepted your responsibility in respect of the shooting shortly after the court found you guilty as charged. You had acted extremely recklessly when you fired shots at the deceased's vehicle a few minutes after the deceased hit the rear part of your vehicle,” said Liebenberg as he handed down the sentence.
Shaningwa told the court he fired the shots in self-defence after Uolevi threatened to run him over with a luxury sports utility vehicle at around 00h30 in front of Joker’s Pizzeria and Sports Bar in the capital.
He fired nine rounds from his pistol, killing Uolevi before driving off.
Police recovered the pistol upon Shaningwa's arrest at his home in Windhoek on 11 August 2015. He was on the run for almost two days.
Carol-Ann Esterhuizen defended the State.
Slysken Makando appeared for Shaningwa, who owns a construction company and now leaves the business in the hands of his family.
He is a first-time offender.