Woman convicted over German boyfriend death hears appeal ruling in August

21 Jun 2019 14:30pm
WINDHOEK, 21 JUN (NAMPA) – Judgement of an appeal by a woman serving a custodial sentence of 17 years for shooting and killing her former boyfriend in Windhoek’s Southern Industrial Area in 2011, will be made known in the High Court here in August.
The ruling of the appeal application will be made public on 09 August 2019, High Court judges of appeal Christie Liebenberg and Naomi Shivute announced on Friday after listening to submissions by State Advocate Martino Olivier and the appellant’s Legal Aid-funded defence lawyer Norman Tjombe in respect of the appeal bid.
Anthea Arnold, 34, was on 30 July 2018 sent to prison for 17 years after she was found guilty of intentionally killing her former German boyfriend, Michael Breder, 56, by shooting him with a handgun in the backyard of his house on 15 May 2011.
She was found guilty as charged in a judgement handed down by Katutura Regional Court Magistrate, Ileni Velikoshi.
In her appeal attempt, Arnold is asking the High Court to re-look into the totality of the evidence presented before court during trial, saying there was some misdirection by the regional court when the magistrate found her guilty on the charge of murder with direct intention to kill.
According to Arnold, she committed the offence while she was acting in self-defence when she was allegedly under imminent threat by the deceased person.
Furthermore, Arnold also wants the court to disregard and exclude an incriminating statement and other related admissions that she killed the deceased person because he allegedly infected her with an unknown disease.
Arnold wants the High Court to completely set aside her conviction on the charge of murder with direct intention to kill, asking the court to come up with a lighter conclusion in respect of the murder conviction.
Meanwhile, Olivier argued that there was no single misdirection by the regional court magistrate when he convicted Arnold on a charge of murder with direct intent to kill and asked the High Court to dismiss her application.
Arnold was on 02 April 2019 allowed to appeal against her murder conviction when she re-appeared before Deputy High Court Judge-President, Hosea Angula.
Apart from serving a 17-year-sentence, Arnold was also declared unfit to possess a firearm for a period of six years upon her release from prison.
She is serving her punishment at the Windhoek Central Correctional Facility.