Former worker at Neudamm sent to jail for 32 years

30 Jan 2018 14:00pm
WINDHOEK, 30 JAN (NAMPA) - A former worker at the Neudamm experimental farm near Windhoek who was last year found guilty of stabbing his girlfriend to death in August 2009, was on Tuesday sent to jail for 32 years.
The 38-year-old Eben Cloete was on 07 September 2017 found guilty of housebreaking with intent to murder and murder in a judgement handed down by High Court Judge Dinah Usiku.
The conviction as well as the sentence of 32 years, which was handed down by the same judge Tuesday morning, is in respect of the death of Cloete's then girlfriend, Anna Nadia Coetzee.
Usiku said Cloete never asked for forgiveness from the deceased's family and continuously insisted that he was found guilty of a crime he never committed.
“He showed no remorse for what he had done. The stabbing of the deceased eight times on the chest is a clear indication of the brutality of this offence. He repeatedly stabbed the deceased until she died,” the judge said before sending him to jail for 32 years.
Evidence presented during the trial had it that Cloete on 13 August 2009 broke open the door of Coetzee’s parents’ house on the same farm and stabbed her in the chest before fleeing the scene.
His testimony that he was not on the crime scene on that day as he had left his home to seek employment on a different farm, was ruled as pure afterthought and as false by the court.
Prior to the deceased’s body being discovered by State witnesses, Martha Afrikaner and Sofia Losper, they told the court they saw Cloete bare-chested near the deceased’s house.
Cloete was found guilty and punished on the charges of housebreaking with intent to murder and murder read with the provisions of the Combating of Domestic Violence Act Four of 2003.
He denied any involvement when he entered not guilty pleas to the charges at the start of his trial on 12 June 2017.
Medical evidence presented during the trial showed Coetzee died at the scene as a result of haemothorax (blood within the chest) caused by stab wounds.
State Advocate Palmer Khumalo handled the prosecution’s case, while Government-funded defence lawyer Milton Engelbrecht appeared for Cloete.
He is serving his punishment at the Windhoek Central Correctional Facility.
Cloete is a first-time offender.