Child killer jailed for 30 years

13 November 2020 | Crime

NAMPA

WINDHOEK



A Windhoek resident found guilty in September for the murder of a four-year-old boy he had raised as his son has been sentenced to 30 years behind bars.

Simon Muno Reeves Dawid (50) was found guilty of intentionally killing Athanosius Katholo Reeves Simbo. The court heard that the boy died after his head was repeatedly smashed against a concrete wall at a house in Katutura in July four years ago. On Wednesday, High Court Judge Nate Ndauendapo sentenced Dawid to 35 years imprisonment for one count of murder, of which five years were suspended on condition that he is not found guilty of any offence related to murder during the period of suspension.



'Pure lies'

During sentencing, Ndauendapo told Dawid that the evidence before the court had proven his guilt. The judge dismissed his plea of innocence, in which he had claimed that another person entered his room and killed the child, as “pure lies and afterthoughts”. Ndauendapo said the court was presented with credible evidence “that the accused had on several occasions threatened to kill the child after some members of the community had informed him that he was not the biological father of the child”. After the child's death, DNA test results confirmed that Dawid was not the biological father. State Advocate Erick Moyo represented the prosecution in the matter, while the accused was represented by defence lawyer Vernon Lutibezi.

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