01 Nov 2013 15:00pm
WINDHOEK, 01 NOV (NAMPA) - The Windhoek High Court found Otjiwarongo resident Elias Nghiikovali Lukas, 29, guilty of stabbing his former girlfriend's lover to death at Otjiwarongo during December 2010.
High Court judge Naomi Shivute found Lukas guilty on the charge of murder with a direct intent to kill.
Lukas had been accused of killing his former girlfriend's lover, Malakia Matias, during a fight between the two of them at Otjiwarongo on 17 December 2010.
According to the evidence of this case, the accused person stabbed the deceased person with a hunting knife, which was described in this court as a knife similar to the ones used in butcheries.
I had the opportunity to look at the knife when it was produced in this court. It is a big knife, and clearly a dangerous weapon. The deceased person was stabbed 11 times on the body, and most of the stab wounds were directed to his vital organs - being the heart, lungs and liver, Shivute said as she delivered the verdict.
Lukas, who pleaded not guilty to the charge of murder at the beginning of his trial on 16 July this year, said he stabbed Matias several times in the chest while acting in self-defence after the deceased person drew a knife and tried to stab him, cutting him on his fingers in the process.
He said anger prompted him to run after the deceased and stab him again after he had taken off during the fight.
Dr. Joseph Bulaya, who conducted the post-mortem on the deceased's body, testified in court that the stab wound to the liver and one to the lung may have caused the deceased's death, together with bleeding from nine other wounds which Matias sustained on that fateful day.
Windhoek-based private defence lawyer Titus Ipumbu represented Lukas, acting on the instructions of the Justice Ministry's Directorate of Legal Aid.
State Advocate Ethel Ndlovu appeared for the prosecution.
Lukas must return to the Windhoek High Court on 04 December this year to hear submissions of evidence in mitigation and aggravation of sentence from the two opposing lawyers.