Ex-guard goes on trial Tuesday for killing own kids

WINDHOEK: A father who stands accused of murdering his two children in the capital in December 2009, will go on trial in the High Court here on Tuesday.

Jonas Penovanhu Shinana, 30, made another appearance before High Court Judge Nate Ndauendapo here on Monday morning.

His alleged double-murder case was then remanded until Tuesday morning at 10h00 on request by his State-sponsored defence lawyer Bradley Basson in order for him to properly consult with his client before the accused could plead to the charges leveled against him.

Shinana is charged with two counts of murder, which are both being dealt with under provisions of the Combating of Domestic Violence Act (Act Four) of 2003.

Prosecution representative, State Advocate Palmer Khumalo did not object to postponement, as he too wanted to have final consultations with a number of State witnesses before they give evidence in court.

In the matter, Shinana, a former security guard based in Windhoek, had caused shock and disbelief to many, especially residents of Mersey Street in Windhoek’s Wanaheda residential area, when he allegedly killed his two biological children – Matheus Shinana, 6, and Emilia Naatye Shinana, 4 – by cutting their throats with a knife between 23 and 24 December 2009.

A summary of substantial facts contained in the charge sheet have it that Shinana unsuccessfully attempted to commit suicide by hanging himself with a rope shortly after he had murdered the two children.
Shinana remains in custody at the Windhoek Central Prison’s holding cells with no option to post bail since his arrest in December 2009.
Windhoek-based defence lawyer Basson is defending Shinana on the instructions of the Justice Ministry’s Directorate of Legal Aid.