Former Gobabis police officer sentenced to 36 years imprisonment

21 Feb 2019 15:30pm
WINDHOEK, 21 FEB (NAMPA) – A former senior Namibian Police Force (NamPol) officer found guilty of killing a teenager and wounding a woman at Gobabis in 2016, was on Thursday sentenced to 36 years imprisonment.
Oscar Awaseb, 51, was a Detective Inspector at the Gobabis Police Station in the Omaheke Region at the time of the incident.
High Court Judge Dinah Usiku handed down the sentences in the matter at the High Court building located at the Windhoek Central Correctional Facility, where on a charge of murder in respect of the circumstances that led to the death of 18-year-old learner Odilo Motonane, Awaseb was sentenced to 28 years imprisonment.
On the charge of shooting and wounding his former girlfriend, Mildred Haoses, Awaseb was sent to prison for eight years.
Furthermore, the former senior police officer was sentenced to two years on each count of illegal possession of a firearm and ammunition.
He received a further six-months-custodial sentence on a charge of malicious damage to property after furniture and other household items were damaged at Haoses’ house during the shooting incident.
All the sentences imposed in connection with the last three counts were ordered by the court to run concurrently with the punishment of eight years imposed on the second charge of attempted murder.
In the result, Awaseb was sent to jail for a total of 36 years and was also declared unfit to possess a firearm for a period of five (5) years after the completion of his sentence.
According to the information provided by the prosecution, Awaseb caused the death of Motonane on 22 March 2016 when he found the teenage boy in bed with the 22-year-old Haoses.
On the same day, Awaseb also shot and wounded 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 ended her relationship with Awaseb earlier in March 2016.
Awaseb had showed up at Haoses’ shack in the early morning hours of 22 March 2016 and found her in bed with the teenager.
He first shot Motonane and then 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 represented the prosecution.
Legal Aid-funded defence lawyer Mese Tjituri appeared for Awaseb.