School security guard responsible for wife’s death

16 Feb 2018 13:50pm
WINDHOEK, 16 FEB (NAMPA) – A security guard from the settlement of Blouwes in the Keetmanshoop district was on Friday found guilty of stabbing his wife to death in June 2014.
Johannes Jacobs, 44, was found guilty on a charge of murder with direct intent to kill in respect of the death of his wife Sophia Lucia Jacobs in a judgement handed down by High Court Judge Dinah Usiku.
His case is being dealt with in terms of the provisions of the Combating of Domestic Violence Act 4 of 2003, which warrants a long direct prison term in case of conviction.
He stabbed the 41-year-old Sophia 12 times in the chest and back with a knife near a school on 18 June 2014. She died the next day at the Keetmanshoop State Hospital.
Evidence presented during the trial showed that Sophia was stabbed and killed out of revenge when she left their common home and allegedly started a relationship with another man.
“The accused initiated the attacks on the deceased and not the latter as the accused is now claiming before court. The assaults on the deceased person were mainly to the chest of the deceased which is the most vulnerable part of the body. The accused acted with direct intention to kill his wife when he attacked her that fateful day,” said Usiku in her ruling.
According to convict Jacobs, during his testimony in his own defence, he was on duty at the school that night when he noticed a man standing at the gate of the school yard and then saw a woman walking towards the man. He said they kissed passionately while holding hands.
Initially, Jacobs said he did not recognise the woman, but as she came closer he realised that it was his wife and saw that she had a knife in her hands with which she allegedly tried to stab him.
He said he grabbed her arm and tried to take the knife from her. He alleged that while they wrestled for control of the knife, they fell several times and said this must have been when the deceased sustained the stab wounds.
The security guard said he never intended to stab his wife.
His testimony was rejected as afterthoughts and fabrication in efforts to escape a long sentence.
Jacobs was free on bail of N.dollars 2 000 and his bail was cancelled as per an order issued by Judge Usiku upon conviction.
He was remanded in police custody at the Windhoek Central Correctional Facility and returns to court on 28 February 2018 for the presentation of the pre-sentencing evidence before court.
Attorney Jan Wessels is appearing for Jacobs on the instructions of the Directorate of Legal Aid.
State Advocate Hesekiel Iipinge is representing the prosecution.