Double Killer Gets 60 Years in Prison

“YOU are the sort of person who society can ill afford to have in its midst.”

This was one of the stinging rebukes convicted double killer Aloyis Ditshabue had to stomach in the Windhoek High Court yesterday before he heard that he would be spending the next 60 years in prison on two counts of murder.

“In your case you seem to have made it your pastime to persecute and murder women as you liked,” Judge Maphios Cheda said to Ditshabue. He added: “Your sickening and pitiless conduct must come to an end.”

Judge Cheda also told Ditshabue, who was convicted of murdering his pregnant wife and then also murdering his girlfriend three years after the first killing: “In my view you are not a suitable man to be roaming the country any more as you are not a fit and proper person to be taken in as a husband or boyfriend by any woman who wants to do something in life.”

Ditshabue deserved to be removed from circulation for a very long time, the judge said, before he sentenced him to 30 years’ imprisonment on each of the two murder charges on which he was found guilty on Thursday last week.

Judge Cheda convicted Ditshabue (43) of the murder

of his pregnant wife, Marcella Ditshabue (33), in the Aminuis area during the night of 16 to 17 February 2008. The judge further found him guilty of murdering his subsequent girlfriend, Alida Kambende (36), at Gobabis on 10 July 2011.

Marcella, who was the mother of Ditshabue’s five children, was killed when he strangled her with his bare hands. Ditshabue pleaded guilty to a charge of murder in connection with her death at the start of his trial in August last year. He told the judge after the delivery of the verdict last week that he strangled her because she had grabbed him by his private parts after he had found her in their house with another man. He did not intend to kill her, he said.

Kambende died after she had been stabbed at least six times with a knife in her house at Gobabis, where Ditshabue was working for a security company at the time.

When he delivered his verdict, Judge Cheda recounted that two of the prosecution’s witnesses told the court that they had seen Ditshabue kneeling at the side of the stabbed Kambonde with a knife in his hand in her house before he turned the knife on himself, stabbing himself in the chest.

The judge found that the only reasonable inference that could be drawn from the evidence before him was that Ditshabue had killed Kambende and then tried to commit suicide.

Ditshabue was on bail on the murder charge in connection with the killing of his wife when he killed Kambende.

“What is overly disturbing is that the victims were defenceless women whom you were in love with. Causing one human being’s death is scary enough and would normally haunt one’s conscience, but to proceed to again engage in another murder boggles one’s mind,” Judge Cheda said during the sentencing.

The type of behaviour that Ditshabue displayed “cannot be tolerated by any civilised society”, the judge said. He noted that Namibia has seen a rising public outcry against gender-based violence and that the courts were being asked to ensure that people convicted of these type of crimes were dealt with severely.

The cold-bloodedness of gender-based violence and so-called passion killings is nothing but barbaric and beastly murder, Judge Cheda said.

Ditshabue was kept in custody after being arrested in connection with the killing of Kambende. Defence lawyer Willem Visser represented him during his trial. State aocate Jack Eixab prosecuted.

Source : The Namibian