Ex-cop sent to jail for life for killing sons

17 Apr 2019 13:40pm
WINDHOEK, 17 APR (NAMPA) – A former police constable who allegedly stabbed his two sons to death in Gobabis in 2014, was on Wednesday sentenced to life imprisonment.
Albertus !Ganeb was sentenced to life imprisonment in respect of the deaths of his biological children, seven-year-old Tirtus Romeo Shaun Swartz and four-year-old Gregory Swartz - who he stabbed at the Epako settlement in Gobabis on 25 April 2014.
!Ganeb was on 02 April 2019 found guilty in a judgement handed down by High Court Judge Dinah Usiku on the two counts of murder and two other charges of assault with intent to do grievous bodily harm.
On the two counts of murder, he was sentenced to life imprisonment on each count.
He was also sentenced to two years imprisonment in respect of each of the two counts of assault with intent to cause grievous bodily harm for attacking the mother of the two children.
It was ordered that the life sentence imposed in the second count of murder and the two years’ punishment handed down in respect of the last two counts of assault with intent to cause grievous bodily harm must run concurrently with the sentence of the first count of murder.
In the result, !Ganeb was sent to jail for life imprisonment.
“The offences against the defenceless two children were committed in a brutal and vicious manner. The offences of murder committed in a domestic setting have now reached a crisis point in Namibia and there is a need to impose severe sentences in order to deter other offenders from committing similar crimes,” said Judge Usiku when she sent !Ganeb to jail for life.
Namibia’s prison authorities regard a life term of imprisonment as a sentence of a minimum of 20 years in jail, and according to the Prisons Act, a prisoner has to serve half of his sentence before being considered eligible for release on parole.
Evidence presented by the prosecution during trial shows that Tirtus was stabbed four times in the head and once in the neck; while Gregory was stabbed once in the neck, once in the head and once in the back.
The seven-year-old died at the scene, while the younger boy succumbed to his injuries in the Katutura State Hospital a few days after the incident.
!Ganeb killed the boys in a fit of jealousy after he had seen a text message from another man on the mobile phone of the children’s mother, Romily Swartz.
He then threatened to kill Swartz, the two boys and the person who sent the text message.
!Ganeb defended himself after he fired lawyers Africa Jantjies and Boris Isaacks, alleging the lawyers did not represent him honestly and to the best of their ability.
State Advocate Palmer Khumalo represented the prosecution.