Repeat offender, Britz, sent to prison for life

29 Nov 2017 16:30pm
WINDHOEK, 29 NOV(NAMPA) - A 59-year-old Keetmanshoop resident found guilty in the High Court of stabbing his girlfriend to death some four years ago, was on Wednesday sentenced to life imprisonment.
Andrew Britz was sentenced by High Court Judge Christie Liebenberg in the death of his girlfriend, Juliana Sarvanda Garises, at Keetmanshoop in the //Kharas Region during the night of 11 to 12 December 2013.
Britz stabbed Garises shortly after he learned that she wanted to end their relationship because of his abusive nature.
In terms of the Namibian Criminal Procedures Act of 1977, as amended over the past few years, life imprisonment means 25 years in prison before a person qualifies for parole.
Liebenberg told Britz that he is a danger to society, considering his past violent criminal history.
“In this case, you showed no kind of remorse for your wrongdoing and the prospects of rehabilitation are non-existent. You had not learned anything from your mistakes of past criminal tendency of committing serious offences,” said the judge.
Evidence presented during trial by State witnesses had it that Britz admitted to police officers at the time of his arrest that he had stabbed Garises with a knife.
However, Britz, in his defence evidence before court, denied having committed the offence and claimed he was not at the scene of the crime.
Garises was stabbed about eight times.
Britz has previous criminal records, ranging from attempted murder, common assault, crimen injuria, robbery, robbery with aggravating circumstances, and murder of which he was sentenced to 15 years imprisonment in 1986.
State Advocate Hesekiel Iipinge appeared for the prosecution, while Attorney Jan Wessels represented Britz on the instructions of the Justice Ministry's Directorate of Legal Aid.