17 Jan 2019 11:40am
CORRECTING: REMOVING Motonanes family members for the loss of life and as assistance for the erection of a tombstone on his grave. IN SIXTH PARA
REPLACING IT WITH: Haoses for the damage to her property in the house during the incident.
WINDHOEK, 16 JAN (NAMPA) - A former senior Namibian Police Force (NamPol) officer found guilty of killing a teenager and wounding a woman at Gobabis three years ago, on Wednesday apologised to the victims' families.
The 50-year-old Oscar Awaseb made the tearful apology when he gave his evidence in mitigation of the custodial sentence to be imposed by the court in respect of the death of 18-year-old Odilo Motonane and wounding of Mildred Haoses.
He appeared before High Court Judge Dinah Usiku at the court building located at the Windhoek Central Correctional Facility.
I have caused a lot of pain to people's hearts as a result of my wrongful actions.I made terrible decisions in respect of the circumstances that led to the death of the deceased person. It was not my intention to cause the death of the deceased. I am really sorry for causing the death of the deceased person, Awaseb said while asking for forgiveness.
He said he regretted his actions and also appealed to the court to not impose a long prison sentence that would destroy his chances of rehabilitation.
Awaseb has also made a monetary contribution of about N.dollars 45 000 to Haoses for the damage to her property in the house during the incident.
The former cop was in September last year convicted on the charges of murder, attempted murder, negligent discharge of a firearm in a public place and malicious damage to property in respect of the circumstances that led to the death of Motonane on 22 March 2016.
On the same day, Awaseb also shot and wounded his girlfriend, the 22-year-old Haoses.
Awaseb and Haoses had been in a relationship since 2015 and at that stage, Haoses was apparently already involved in a relationship with Motonane.
She, however, ended her relationship with Awaseb in March 2016.
Awaseb then showed up at Haosess shack in the early morning hours of 22 March and reportedly found her in bed with the teenager.
He first shot Motonane and then shot Haoses three times in the hip and thigh before she managed to flee from the shack.
He then shot and wounded himself in the shoulder.
State Advocate Cliff Lutibezi is defending the prosecution.
Legal Aid-funded defence lawyer Mese Tjituri is appearing for Awaseb.
The trial continues on Thursday.