Alleged killer Shinana in court Thursday

WINDHOEK: The trial of a father who stands accused of murdering his two minor children in the capital in December 2009, is expected to resume in the High Court here Thursday.

The court case of Jonas Penovanhu Shinana, 30, is expected to continue before High Court Judge Nate Ndauendapo at 10h00.

His alleged double-murder case was in February last year remanded until 07 May 2015 as per agreement reached in court between Shinana’s State-sponsored defence lawyer Bradley Basson and the prosecution representative, State Advocate Palmer Khumalo.

Shinana is charged with two counts of murder, which are both being dealt with under provisions of the Combating of Domestic Violence Act (Act Four) of 2003.

The accused, a former security guard based in Windhoek, allegedly killed his two biological children – 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 Windhoek’s Wanaheda residential area.

A summary of substantial facts contained in the charge sheet have it that Shinana unsuccessfully attempted to commit suicide by hanging himself with a rope shortly after he had murdered the two children.

He remains in custody at the Windhoek Central Prison’s holding cells with no option to post bail since his arrest in December 2009.