Woman Gets 16 Years for Murder

A 28-YEAR-OLD woman convicted of stabbing to death her lover in revenge for the physical and emotional hardship she had endured during their relationship, was sentenced to 16 years imprisonment in the Keetmanshoop Regional Court yesterday.

Chrisna Hatzkin had pleaded guilty to a murder charge at the start of her trial. Hatzkin admitted that she stabbed Cornelius van der Byl three times in the chest and once in the back, causing his death.

The fatal stabbing incident happened on 18 April 2008 at Koeumls village in the Karas region. The court was told that Hatzkin, after being allegedly beaten by the deceased, had gone to fetch a knife at home before she went to search for him and inflicted the stab wounds, causing his death.

Sentencing Hatzkin to 18 years imprisonment of which two years were suspended, Regional Magistrate Sunsley Zisengwe said: “She certainly overreacted on the day in question and unjustifiably took the law into her own hands”. Referring to a pending murder case Hatzkin still faces, Zisengwe remarked that “something horrible is wrong somewhere.”

Hatzkin allegedly stabbed to death her second lover while on bail on the murder case for which she was sent to jail yesterday. Filistas Shikerete-Vendura prosecuted, while Hatzkin was represented by legal aid lawyer Stefan Coetzee.

Source : The Namibian