Security guard gets 27 years for killing wife

07 Mar 2018 14:50pm
WINDHOEK, 07 MAR (NAMPA) – A school security guard from Blouwes in the Keetmanshoop District who was found guilty of stabbing his wife to death in June 2014, was on Wednesday sentenced to 27 years imprisonment.
Johannes Jacobs, 44, was on 16 February 2018 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 was 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 following day at the Keetmanshoop State Hospital.
Johannes was sentenced to 30 years imprisonment, of which three years were suspended for five years on condition that he is not convicted of the offence of murder, culpable homicide or any other offence in which violence against another person is committed during the period of suspension.
“The deceased person was stabbed several times and the offence was committed in a domestic setting. Those factors cannot be ignored at the time of handing down punishment and a long custodial sentence is the only option in this case,” said Usiku.
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.
Johannes said during his testimony in his own defence that while he was wrestling with his wife for control of the knife, they fell several times and this must have been when the deceased sustained the stab wounds.
The security guard said he never intended to stab his wife to death.
His testimony was rejected as afterthought and fabrication in efforts to escape a long sentence.
Johannes was free on bail of N.dollars 2 000 and his bail was cancelled upon conviction.
He will serve his sentence at the Windhoek Central Correctional Facility.
Attorney Jan Wessels appeared for Johannes on the instructions of the Directorate of Legal Aid.
State Advocate Hesekiel Iipinge represented the prosecution.