10 Nov 2017 15:10pm
WINDHOEK, 10 NOV (NAMPA) - The hearing of an appeal by Groot Aub resident Gregory Kangandjera, who wants his 45-year custodial sentence reduced, is set to start in the High Court here on 28 February 2018.
Kangandjera was on 08 September 2016 incarcerated for murdering his girlfriend Loretta Kruger on 18 November 2010 at the Groot Aub settlement, located more than 40 kilometres south of Windhoek in the Khomas Region.
Kangandjera, 40, made another appearance before High Court Judge Nate Ndauendapo on Friday during a pre-trial conference of case management review.
The Justice Ministry's Directorate of Legal Aid appointed defence lawyer Trevor Brockerhoff to represent Kangandjera during the appeal.
The date for the appeal hearing was decided on Friday as per agreement reached between Brockerhoff and prosecution representative, State Advocate Palmer Khumalo in court.
Kangandjera was found guilty on 01 July 2016 on a charge of murder with direct intent to kill, attempting to defeat or obstruct the course of justice as well as assault.
In his judgement, Ndauendapo found that Kangandjera intentionally killed Kruger by strangling her to death with his bare hands a few days after he accused her of cheating on him with a man he saw in her company at a shebeen in Groot Aub.
Kangandjera found Kruger at Mafia Bar in the company of a certain Ipuleni Natangwe on 13 November 2010. He assaulted Natangwe on that night and later left the shebeen with Kruger.
From 13 to 18 November 2010, Kangandjera had severely assaulted Kruger by kicking her, beating and hitting her with unknown objects.
He refused to allow her to obtain medical assistance for the injuries she sustained, before strangling her to death.
Kangandjera then staged a suicide and reported to Police at the settlement that Kruger had committed suicide by hanging herself with a rope.
However, Police investigations found that he did all this with the intention of defeating or obstructing the course of justice, while he was fully aware that Kruger died as a result of strangulation.
Kangandjera serves his punishment at the Windhoek Central Correctional Facility.