Soldier denies drowning daughter

02 Jul 2019 15:30pm
WINDHOEK, 02 JUL (NAMPA) – A member of the Namibian Defence Force (NDF) who allegedly drowned his daughter in Windhoek’s Goreangab Dam in February 2017, on Tuesday denied committing the offence.
Gabriel Tulinane David, 31, entered a not guilty plea to the charges against him at the start of his murder trial before Acting High Court Judge Orben Sibeya Tuesday morning.
David pleaded not guilty to the charges of murder, assault with intent to do grievous bodily harm, malicious damage to property and theft in respect of the death of his daughter.
He allegedly drowned his five-year-old daughter, Cornelia Indileni David, between 19 and 21 February 2017.
The arrested soldier opted to remain silent and did not provide any statements in connection with his pleas and is challenging the prosecution to prove the veracity of all allegations levelled against him.
Kornelia Shilunga, the child’s mother testified in court on Tuesday that David allegedly attacked her before he killed the child.
“The accused beat me because I did not give him N.dollars 20 for taxi to go back to the Suiderhof Military Base,” she said.
Shilunga added that David allegedly stole and destroyed her two cellphones and two SIM cards.
She further added that David allegedly also damaged the new cellphone she bought after he destroyed her two phones.
Defence lawyer Mbanga Siyomuinji is representing the accused, while Advocate Cliff Lutibezi is representing the State in court.
The trial will continue on Wednesday.