Otjiwarongo man admits to hacking girlfriend to death

10 Sep 2018 14:10pm
WINDHOEK, 10 SEP (NAMPA) - An Otjiwarongo resident on trial in the Windhoek High Court for hacking his girlfriend to death with a panga in August 2016, on Monday admitted to committing the brutal offence.
The 42-year-old Josia Shimwefeleni admitted to killing Frieda Ndalila Nambahu by hacking her to death in August 2016 when he entered a guilty plea to the charge of murder at the start of his trial Monday morning.
He entered his guilty plea as per the instructions he gave his State-funded defence lawyer Kennedy Siyambango.
In a statement presented before court through his lawyer, Shimwefeleni told presiding High Court Judge Naomi Shivute he fully understands the seriousness and the complexity of the charge against him and entered the guilty plea of his own free will and was not influenced by anyone to plead guilty to the charge.
“I admit that I was responsible for causing the death of the deceased person. The deceased died as a result of my unlawful and irresponsible actions,” Shimwefeleni told the court.
In the result then, Shimwefeleni was found guilty on the charge of murder with direct intention to kill.
The State led by Deputy Prosecutor-General Antonia Verhoef also accepted Shimwefeleni’s guilty plea to the charge against him without calling any of the witnesses to come and give testimonies before court.
A summary of substantial facts contained in the charge sheet has it that Shimwefeleni killed the deceased by hacking her to death with a panga after finding out that she was allegedly cheating on him with another man.
Shimwefeleni struck Nambahu with a panga (machete) on the head, neck, and back, and the deceased suffered about 45 injuries on the body.
The 28-year-old Nambahu was making a living as a bar lady at Otjiwarongo at the time of her death.
The deadly incident occurred approximately 21h00 at the single quarters belonging to the Municipality of Otjiwarongo, where Shimwefeleni was renting a room.
He worked for the Otjozondjupa Regional Council as a general labourer at the time of the incident.
He remains in custody at the Windhoek Central Correctional Facility since his arrest with no option to post bail.
He returns to the Windhoek High Court on Tuesday for the presentation of the pre-sentencing evidence before court.