Suspect in Daughter’s Murder Hospitalised

THE Ongwediva teacher who allegedly murdered her 26-year-old daughter is said to be in a state of confusion and did not appear in the Oshakati Magistrate’s Court as expected yesterday.

Magdalena Nunyango Amunyoko’s charred body was found on a braai stand behind the family house on Sunday morning and her mother was arrested in connection with the murder.

Oshana police spokesperson Sergeant Thomas Aiyambo said the suspect’s docket will only be taken to court today.

“The suspect is still in the hospital and she is in a very confused state of mind at the moment,” said Aiyambo.

Aiyambo further said the police are still trying to get a statement so that her case docket could be taken to court in her absence.

The gruesome murder is believed to have occurred at around 18h00 on Friday and the body was discovered at about 10h00 on Saturday by one of the suspect’s sons, who then alerted the police.

Pastor Festus Negumbo of the Four Square Gospel Church in Ongwediva, told The Namibian yesterday that the suspect has been an on-and-off-member of the church but had stopped attending services for almost two years.

“I know the suspect and she has been our member but she has only been coming from time to time. I used to visit her to drop mail at her house because she uses our postal mail box,” said Negumbo, adding that he cannot recall the last time they spoke.

He also said the suspect never complained of anything to him regarding her work or her daughter and that she was not outspoken.

The pastor also said the suspect had been behaving strangely of late because when he visited her, she was not welcoming and was always quiet.

Negumbo dismissed claims that the church had played a role in the gruesome murder, even though he once recommended that the suspect should engage a physiotherapist to help with Amunyoko’s illnesses a few years back because she seemed to be under stress.

He said the suspect spent most of her time at school and never showed hatred towards Amunyoko.

“Many people are now accusing my church, which has nothing to do with what the suspect did because she has not attended services for quite some time now. People should learn to tell the truth.

“Churches are there to help and not destroy people as some are now saying. Those are false accusations that are being made against our church,” he said.

Aiyambo also denied any knowledge of an investigation against the church in connection with the alleged murder.

The principal of Shapwa Combined School at Ongwediva Genoviva Shoopala, where the suspect worked, refused to comment on the matter.

Amunyoko will be laid to rest today at Okakukaumbi-Okando in Omusati region.

Source : The Namibian