14 Feb 2018 13:30pm
WINDHOEK, 14 FEB (NAPA) A father who was in November 2017 found guilty of murdering his two minor children in the capital in December 2009, still maintains he did not commit the act.
Jonas Penovanhu Shinana, 38, was found guilty of killing Matheus Shinana, 6, and Emilia Naatye Shinana, 4, by slitting their throats with a knife between 23 and 24 December 2009 at their house along Mersey Street in the Wanaheda residential area.
In his mitigation evidence before court on Wednesday, the former security guard told High Court Judge Nate Ndauendapo he deeply pains inside his heart that the children lost their lives, but has no knowledge in respect to the incident and the person who murdered them.
Shinana also informed the court he does not need to ask for any forgiveness from the family of the deceased, because he is not the one who killed the children. He also challenged the police to find the actual person who committed the brutal offenses without further delay.
I am remorseful of what had happened to the kids that they lost their lives. But I am not the one who killed the kids. I only want this court to show me mercy during sentencing by imposing a lenient sentence, because this court had found me guilty of something I have no knowledge about, claimed Shinana.
Under cross-examination by State Advocate Palmer Khumalo, Shinana conceded that it was his main obligation and duty as a father to protect the lives of his children, and insisted he was never involved in the killing of his children.
Shinana was found guilty as charged in a judgement handed down by Ndauendapo on 24 November 2017.
The accused was alone in the house with the two children and it was the accused himself who committed these heinous crimes. The accuseds claims that an intruder had entered the house and killed the two children are just mere afterthoughts, said the judge in his ruling last year.
On 02 March 2017, Shinana also suffered a heavy blow when his self-incriminating statements were admitted as evidence in court and were used against him during trial.
The trial is being handled by the court in accordance with the provisions of the Combating of Domestic Violence Act (Act 4) of 2003 that warrants a long direct custodial sentence upon conviction.
Evidence presented during trial had it that Shinana was found unconscious after he unsuccessfully attempted to commit suicide by hanging himself with a rope shortly after murdering the children.
Shinana remains in custody at the Windhoek Central Correctional Facility.
He returns to court again on 30 May 2018 for the submissions of the pre-sentencing evidence in respect of the type of sentence to be imposed in the matter.