Attempted murder convict receives 12-year sentence

ONDANGWA: A 29-year-old man was on Thursday sentenced to an effective eight years’ imprisonment on a charge of attempted murder in the Ondangwa Regional Court.

Festus Uugwanga from the Oniihandi village of Oniipa Constituency in the Oshikoto Region stood accused of stabbing his 23-year-old lover, Hilma Fillemon, with a 44cm knife 17 times all over her body on 03 November 2012 at the Sarayevo Bar at Ondangwa, where Fillemon was employed.

This followed a break-up between the two.

Public prosecutor Dollien //Gowases informed Uugwanga before the sentence that his attack on Fillemon was barbaric, more so because he haunted the deceased at her work place.

Fillemon ran away from the said bar after the first stabbings, but Uugwanga chased after and continued to stab her until the Police arrived on the scene.

As a result of the attack, she lost one of her fingers and one kidney.

//Gowases suggested that Uugwanga be sentenced to at least 20 years’ imprisonment, but the Ondangwa regional court magistrate, Alvin Kenneth Simpson sentenced him to 12 years in jail, with four of the 12 years suspended for five years on condition that he is not found guilty of attempted murder or assault with the intend to do grievous bodily harm during the suspension period.

Simpson also took into account the one year and seven months he had been incarcerated in the Police holding cells since his arrest on 03 November 2012.

Simpson stated that the court did not consider an option of a fine for Uugwanga, because the public outcry against gender-based violence and the interest of the society out weight Uugwanga’s demand for a lenient sentence in the form of a fine.

Uugwanga was a cleaner at the Onandjokwe Lutheran Hospital near Ondangwa.