Man gets life imprisonment for hacking girlfriend to death

27 Sep 2018 16:50pm
WINDHOEK, 27 SEP (NAMPA) - An Otjiwarongo resident who admitted to hacking his girlfriend to death with a panga on 19 August 2016, was on Thursday sentenced to life imprisonment.
Josia Shimweefeleni, 43, who was romantically involved with Frieda Ndalila Nambahu who was 28 at the time of her death, allegedly struck the deceased on the head, neck, and back 45 times with the panga.
In terms of Namibia’s Correctional Service Act of 2012, someone sentenced to life imprisonment after 15 August 1999, will only be eligible to be considered for release on parole or probation after serving at least 25 years in prison without committing or being convicted of any crime or offence during that period.
Shimweefeleni committed the act out of jealousy due to allegations that Nambahu was romantically involved with another man.
State witnesses told the court during trial that they could not assist the victim because the incident took place in a locked room.
However, they witnessed the brutal act through the window. Police officers who rushed to the crime scene to assist, intervened.
“The family of the deceased described Frieda Nambahu as a good person who was self-employed. They said her death had a bad impact on the family,” said Judge Naomi Shivute while handing down the sentence.
Even though Shimweefeleni apologised to Nambahu’s family and contributed financially to the funeral costs, the family rejected the apology.
State-funded defence lawyer Kennedy Siyambango represented Shimweefeleni.
Antonia Verhoef defended the prosecution’s case.