Teacher Kills, Burns Daughter On Braai Stand

A TEACHER from Ongwediva shocked many in the northern town when she allegedly killed her 26-year-old handicapped daughter and burnt her body on a braai stand on Saturday.

Police confirmed the alleged murder yesterday during their weekend press briefing in Windhoek.

The deceased, identified as Magdalena Nunyango Amunyoko, was reportedly born with a rare condition that restricted her body functions, left her bedridden and with blurred speech.

According to witnesses and neighbours, Amunyoko is suspected to have been hacked to death with a panga before her body was burnt on a braai stand behind the house.

Amunyoko’s wheelchair, household appliances, newspapers, a fan, dishes, cups, DSTV satellite dish, clothes and a panga were also burned together with her body.

The suspect, a teacher at Shapwa Combined School at Ongwediva, is a single mother of two boys and the late Amunyoko.

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 sons, who then called the police, leading to the mother’s arrest.

When The Namibian arrived at the house where Amunyoko was allegedly killed, the remains of her charred body with most parts almost reduced to ashes, was still resting on top of the braai stand. The only part that survived the fire was her head which could be seen in the fire.

One of the neighbours, who preferred anonymity, said the suspect had been behaving strangely on the day of the gruesome murder. The neighbour said she was packing and collecting various valuable items in the house and they assumed she was relocating.

“That woman has been acting strangely of late and that day (Friday), we saw her through the windows packing her TV sets and decoders but we just thought she was moving out of the house or something and we could not ask her because she had not spoken to us for some months.

“We did not really suspect her of doing something that horrible but then late in the evening we saw her burning things and we still just thought she was cleaning up her yard,” said the neighbour, adding that they were terrified and shocked upon hearing the sad news.

Sources told The Namibian that the woman was suspected of suffering from some mental illness for quite some time now, but said “it was not severe”.

Amunyoko was raised by her grandmother at their home village at Okakukaumbe-Okando in Omusati Region but she later moved in with her mother when she graduated as a teacher.

The suspect was apparently aised by friends to take Amunyoko for prayer sessions in the hope that she would be cured of her disability. She moved from one church to another but when none of the prayer sessions cured Amunyoko’s illness, she lost hope and decided to stop going to church.

“On 4 May this year, she chased her sons from the house, and remained behind with the handicapped daughter,” said the source.

On Saturday, one of the sons came to check on his mother and the sister but when he could not find his sister, he asked her whereabouts. His mother allegedly vehemently denied knowing where Amunyoko was.

The son then became suspicious and searched all over the house until he stumbled on his sister’s gruesome remains on a braai stand behind the house.

The police said the suspect is now detained at the Oshakati Intermediate Hospital’s psychiatric ward receiving treatment.

She is due to appear in the Oshakati Magistrates’ Court today.

Source : The Namibian