Pensioner sentenced to life

Judge Johanna Salionga said Johannes Ambondo David has no respect for human life.

10 July 2020 | Justice

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OSHAKATI



A pensioner has been sentenced to 30 years in prison for murdering his girlfriend and life imprisonment for also stabbing her relative to death.

Judge Johanna Salionga sentenced 64-year-old Johannes Ambondo David earlier this week in the Oshakati High Court for the double-murder that occurred at Okeeholongo village in the Omusati Region in 2017.

David murdered his girlfriend Ndapanda Nekwaya (39), the mother of his two biological children, by stabbing her nine times with a knife, after kicking her several times in August 2017. He also stabbed to death Taapopi Uukongo (25).

Uukongo died at the scene, while a heavily pregnant Nekwaya died the following day in the Oshakati Intermediate Hospital due to multiple stab wounds.



Intention to kill

David has been in custody since 14 August 2017 and was convicted on 9 March this year on two counts of murder, of which one count is read with the provisions of the Combating of Domestic Violence Act 4 of 2003.

“This court has in numerous judgements reiterated that crimes committed in domestic relations have to be considered in a serious light by imposing heavier sentences,” Salionga said while sentencing the accused. She described David's actions of pulling Nekwaya from a Ondumbo location shebeen, and then kicking and stabbing her, as a clear manifestation of an intention to kill. Salionga explained that at no stage was David provoked, nor was there any justification for his actions, adding that the murders of the two victims were inhumane, gruesome and cruel.



Danger to society

She further said David is a danger to society and disagreed with Legal Aid counsel for defence, Petrus Grusshaber, who argued that the offences were not premeditated. Grusshaber suggested that David's age be considered as a factor that could possibly lead to a reduction in sentence, but Salionga stressed that David has no respect for human life.

Taodago Gaweseb prosecuted the matter.

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