Court to hear appeal by Etosha Safari Camp killer in May 2018

29 Nov 2017 18:50pm
WINDHOEK, 29 NOV (NAMPA) – An appeal by an Outjo resident imprisoned for 47 years in the rape and death of a former manager of the Etosha Safari Camp in the Kunene Region in September 2008, is set to start in the High Court here on 21 May 2018.
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 was on 14 September 2017 allowed to appeal against the sentences.
He made another appearance before the same judge on Wednesday morning, when the date of the appeal hearing was made public.
The Justice Ministry's Directorate of Legal Aid has appointed Trevor Brockerhoff to represent Nicanor during the appeal hearing.
Nicanor, who serves his prison sentence at the Windhoek Correctional Facility, lodged an appeal against the conviction and sentence, saying the punishment is too heavy.
Evidence presented during trial have 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-Vendura represented the prosecution, while Mese Tjtiuri defended Nicanor during trial.