Trial of soldier who allegedly drowned daughter starting Tuesday

01 Jul 2019 18:20pm
WINDHOEK, 01 JUL (NAMPA) – The trial of a member of the Namibian Defence Force (NDF) who allegedly drowned his daughter in Windhoek’s Goreangab Dam in February 2017, is starting in the High Court on Tuesday.
The trial was supposed to begin before Acting High Judge Orben Sibeya Monday morning, but could not proceed because the accused’s defence lawyer Mbanga Siyomuinji was not feeling well.
As a result, the matter was postponed to Tuesday as per an agreement reached by Siyomuinji and State advocate Cliff Lutibezi in court.
Gabriel Tulinane David, 31, stands accused of drowning his five-year-old daughter, Cornelia Indileni David, between 19 and 21 February 2017.
He faces charges of murder, assault with intent to do grievous bodily harm, malicious damage to property and theft.
It is alleged that he assaulted the child’s mother, Kornelia Thomas, on 26 January 2017.
David also stands accused of stealing and destroying two cellphones and two SIM cards that belonged to Thomas.
On 19 February 2017, he allegedly collected the child from her mother and agreed to bring her back home later that day.
This however did not transpire and it is suspected that he drowned Cornelia in the Goreangab Dam.
David remains in police custody at the Hosea Kutako police holding cells with no option to post bail.