Man who allegedly killed wife granted bail

04 Dec 2013 18:10pm
RUNDU, 04 DEC (NAMPA) - A 35-year-old man who allegedly brutally killed his wife in August this year by slitting her throat and stabbing her 12 times, was granted bail in the Rundu Magistrate’s Court on Wednesday.
Buta Epamba is charged with murder, read together with the provisions of the Domestic Violence Act No. 4 of 2003.
He allegedly killed the 33-year-old Isabel Epamba with a kitchen knife at Rundu’s Donkerhoek residential area on 28 August this year.
The deceased died on the spot in a pool of blood in the kitchen of her two-bedroom house.
During his bail hearing on Wednesday, Rundu Magistrate Esme Molefe granted the accused bail of N.dollars 5 000, but with three conditions attached.
Epamba has to report to the Rundu Police Station on Mondays and Fridays between 08h00 and 17h00 and not leave the district of Rundu without informing the investigating officer of his plans. He also should not commit other offences while out on bail.
The Rundu Magistrate then postponed the case to 27 February for the Prosecutor-General’s decision. Epamba earlier pleaded not guilty to the charges against him.
The incident was allegedly motivated by jealousy, as the suspect apparently accused the deceased of having slept with another man.
The suspect worked as a supervisor at the Woermann Brock supermarket at Rundu.
He reportedly briefly abandoned work, went home and confronted his wife about where she had slept the previous night.
A fierce physical fight is said to have broken out between the two, witnessed by their one-year-old twin boys.
Epamba then apparently took out a kitchen knife, slit his wife’s throat and stabbed her 12 times before fleeing the scene.
After allegedly murdering his wife, the man fled the scene and attempted to commit suicide by stabbing himself with a knife.
Namibian Police Force (NamPol) officers, however, thwarted that and arrested him.
He was then discharged from the Rundu Intermediary Hospital two days after injuring himself on the throat and stomach in the attempt to end his life.
Epamba is said to also have a case of assault with intent to cause grievous bodily harm pending, which was allegedly opened by his now-deceased wife.
The accused person is represented by a private lawyer, Petrus Strauss.