14 Sep 2017 16:50pm
WINDHOEK, 14 SEP (NAMPA) - An Outjo resident imprisoned for 47 years for the rape and death of a former manager of the Etosha Safari Camp in the Kunene Region in September 2008, has been allowed to appeal against his prison sentence.
Jesaya Nicanor, 41, was on 06 September 2016 sentenced by High Court Judge Christie Liebenberg to 40 years imprisonment on a count of murder, and 17 years on a second count of rape of which 10 years were ordered to run concurrently with the sentence on the first count of murder.
The punishment is for the rape and murder of Fiona Ann Holton between 20 and 21 September 2008.
Nicanor however suffered a minor setback on Thursday in respect of his appeal when his State-funded defence lawyer, Titus Ipumbu, withdrew from the case because he feels the grounds for the appeal hold little prospects of success.
As a result of Ipumbus withdrawal from the case, the court issued an order directing the Justice Ministrys Directorate of Legal Aid to appoint and instruct another lawyer to defend Nicanor during the hearing of the appeal bid.
The appeal case was, thereafter, remanded until 29 November 2017.
Nicanor, who serves his prison sentence at the Windhoek Correctional Facility, lodged an appeal against the conviction and sentence because he feels the punishment is too heavy.
Evidence presented during trial has it that Nicanor was a contractor installing air-conditioners at Etosha Safari Camp at the time of the commission of the crimes.
He hit the deceased with an unknown object on the head and strangled her to death after having raped her.
Holton died as a result of head injuries sustained during the attack.
State Advocate Felistas Shikerete represented the prosecution, while Mese Tjtiuri defended Nicanor during trial.