19 Jun 2019 11:10am
WINDHOEK, 19 JUN (NAMPA) A Walvis Bay resident who shot and killed his girlfriend at Independence Beach at the harbour town in November 2014, was on Wednesday sent to jail for the rest of his life.
Jomo Petrus, 34, on a charge of murder for killing 24-year old Louise Ross Shimunu Alupe with a pistol he stole from the house of his uncle Jason Shali Kasheeta on 10 November 2014, was sentenced to life imprisonment.
On a second charge of theft of the firearm he used to commit the offence, Petrus was sentenced to two years imprisonment which were ordered to run concurrently with the sentence imposed in respect of the murder charge.
Namibias 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.
In his submissions for sentencing, State Advocate Solomon Kanyemba had asked the court for life imprisonment because the convict shot the deceased in the head.
Petrus Legal Aid-funded defence lawyer Mposikeng Dube pleaded with the court to show mercy when handing down the sentence and impose a punishment of not more than 25 years imprisonment.
In his testimony before court, Petrus vehemently denied intentionally shooting and killing Alupe, saying the firearm went off accidentally when he and the deceased were wrestling for possession of the weapon.
According to Petrus, he took the gun from his uncles safe in order to commit suicide.
When the gun failed to discharge twice, he said he decided to take it with him to the beach.
On his way to the beach, he went past the house of Alupe and asked her to accompany him to talk about the problems in their relationship.
While at the beach, he said, he cut his wrists and the deceased tried to stop him. Petrus then took the firearm he had in his backpack to finish the job, but the deceased grabbed hold of his arm and a struggle for the firearm ensued.
In the process of struggling, Petrus said he heard a loud bang and saw Alupe fall onto her stomach with blood coming from her head.
She died on the spot.
Petrus is a first offender with no record of previous criminal offences.
He is single with no children.