Child killer sentencing starts next week

31 January 2018 | Justice

A father who was in November 2017 found guilty of murdering his two minor children in December 2009, will on 7 February 2018 hear pre-sentencing evidence in respect of the type of sentence the High Court will impose in the matter.

Jonas Penovanhu Shinana, 37, was found guilty of killing Matheus Shinana, 6, and Emilia Naatye Shinana, 4, by slitting their throats with a knife between 23 and 24 December 2009 at their house along Mersey Street in the Wanaheda residential area.

The pre-sentencing evidence in respect of the type of the punishment Shinana is to receive was scheduled for Monday, but could not proceed because Shinana's government-funded defence lawyer, Bradley Basson, had travelled to South Africa for medical attention. During the submission of the pre-sentencing evidence, both Basson and prosecution representative, State Advocate Palmer Khumalo will address High Court Judge Nate Ndauendapo in respect of the type of sentence to be imposed in the matter.

Shinana was found guilty as charged in a judgement handed down by Ndauendapo on 24 November 2017.

“The accused was alone in the house with the two children and it was the accused himself who committed these heinous crimes. The accused's claims that an intruder had entered the house and killed the two children are just mere afterthoughts,” said the judge in his ruling. On 2 March 2017, Shinana also suffered a heavy blow when his self-incriminating statements were admitted as evidence in court and were used against him during trial. Shinana's trial is being handled by the court in accordance with the provisions of the Combating of Domestic Violence Act (Act 4) of 2003 that warrants a long direct custodial sentence upon conviction. Evidence presented during trial had it that Shinana was found unconscious after he unsuccessfully attempted to commit suicide by hanging himself with a rope shortly after murdering the children. Shinana remains in custody at the Windhoek Central Correctional Facility.