Teacher Thought Daughter Died in 2007

THE Ongwediva teacher accused of killing her 26-year-old handicapped daughter in May this year believed that her daughter had died in 2007, when she took her for prayers to South Africa.

Shekupe Hildegard Iyambo (49) allegedly killed and burnt Magdalena Nunyango Amunyoko at the family home at Ongwediva on 10 May.

She was arrested and then referred to Windhoek Central Hospital for mental evaluation by the Oshakati Magistrate’s Court on 30 May.

A psychiatric report compiled by Ndahambelela Fredricka Mthoko, who carried out a psychiatric examination on Iyambo, concluded that she was mentally ill at the time of the alleged crime.

The report also said that as a result, she was not able to appreciate the wrongfulness of the alleged offence because of symptoms observed during the observation period.

Mthoko said Iyambo believed that her daughter was sacrificed by the church and that she died in 2007, when she took her for prayers in South Africa.

She also believed that her children, and their siblings, have been replaced by double people who look like them, claiming they were all imposters.

Mthoko further said Iyambo had delusions and believed that Amunyoko wanted to replace her, while other people caused her body to swell and to have high blood pressure.

However, her physical health was satisfactory as her memory was not impaired and she took her high blood pressure medication during the observation period, the report further said.

The report was presented in court in June and Iyambo is expected back in court on 24 July to challenge the medical report.

Source : The Namibian