Soldier found guilty of drowning daughter

30 Sep 2019 14:40pm
WINDHOEK, 30 SEP (NAMPA) – A member of the Namibian Defence Force accused of drowning his five-year-old daughter in the Goreangab Dam in February 2017, was on Monday found guilty as charged in the Windhoek High Court.
In a judgment handed down by Acting High Court Judge Orben Sibeya, the 30-year-old Gabriel Tulinane David was found guilty of murder, assault with intent to do grievous bodily harm and the theft of two cell phones.
He was however discharged on a count of malicious damage to property after the prosecution could not prove the veracity of this count beyond reasonable doubt through witness evidence.
The soldier, who was based at the Suiderhof Military Base in Windhoek, was arrested on 24 February 2017 in connection with the circumstances under which Cornelia Indileni David died while in his care.
The girl’s lifeless body was retrieved from the dam on 21 February 2017, two days after he collected her from her relatives’ home in the Babylon informal settlement to take her to town.
David vehemently denied killing the child when his trial started in the High Court earlier this year.
He said the child slipped into the dam and he jumped into the water to rescue her.
The State alleged that David threw the child into the dam because text messages he sent to the child’s mother’s phone, stated that he had killed her.
The case was postponed until 08 October this year for the presentation of mitigation and aggravation of the evidence for sentencing.
Mbanga Siyomuinji is representing David, while Cliff Lutibezi is appearing for the State.
David remains in police custody at the Seeis police holding cells since his arrest, with no option to post bail.