PG decision on Nailenge murder case still pending

OSHAKATI: The 24-year-old Ananias Nailenge who in February last year allegedly beheaded his girlfriend Mirjam Nandjato re-appeared briefly in the magistrate’s court at Oshakati on Thursday.

He appeared before magistrate Mutafela Likando, while public prosecutor Markus Angula appeared for the State.

His case is once again postponed to 19 February this year for the Prosecutor-General (PG) decision on the matter.

This follows Nailenge’s lawyer Jan Greyling’s opposition to the medical evaluation which concluded that his client was mentally fit at the time he committed the offence and is able to give an account of the crime.

Nailenge pleaded guilty to murder during his first court appearance last year and was placed under psychiatric evaluation between June and July last year after he made a request through his lawyer.

He allegedly stabbed Nandjato to death and beheaded her following an argument between them in his rented room at the Oshakati West on 04 February last year.

Nailenge claimed he stabbed and cut Nandjato’s throat after she threaten to harm the baby he had fathered with another woman.

He also escaped from the Police holding cells at the Oshakati Police station with other trial-awaiting prisoners towards the end of last year, but was re-arrested in the Ongwediva area several days later.

Nailenge is from Epoko village in Okalongo Constituency of the Omusati Region, while the late Nandjato, 24, is from Elombe village in the Ongwediva Constituency of the Oshana Region.

He remains in custody until his next court appearance.