09 Aug 2019 13:40pm
WINDHOEK, 09 AUG(NAMPA) An appeal by a woman serving a custodial sentence of 17 years for shooting and killing her former German boyfriend in Windhoeks Southern Industrial Area in 2011, failed in the High Court here on Friday.
Anthea Arnold, 34, was on 30 July 2018 sent to prison for 17 years by Katutura Regional Court Magistrate Ileni Velikoshi 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.
Her appeal application against the long prison sentence failed when it was dismissed in a judgement handed down by High Court Judges Naomi Shivute and Christie Liebenberg.
In her failed appeal attempt, Arnold unsuccessfully wanted 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 acting in self-defence when she was allegedly under imminent threat by the deceased person.
Furthermore, Arnold also wanted 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 wanted the High Court to completely set aside her conviction on the charge of murder with direct intention to kill, asking it to come up with a lighter conclusion in respect of the murder conviction.
Meanwhile, State advocate Martino Olivier argued that there was no single misdirection by the regional court magistrate when he convicted Arnold on a charge of murder.
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.
Legal Aid-funded defence lawyer, Norman Tjombe, represented Arnold during the failed appeal bid.