Nandjato laid to rest at Ongwediva

ONGWEDIVA:

A large crowd of people gathered on Saturday to bury Mirjam Tuyakula Nandjato, who was decapitated by her boyfriend at Oshakati West on Tuesday.

The funeral took place at the Ongwediva Lutheran Church cemetery.

Nandjato, who was a laboratory assistant of the Namibia Institute of Pathology at Oshakati, died at the hands of her boyfriend inside his flat’s bedroom.

The accused, Ananias Ekongo Nailenge, has since appeared in the Oshakati Magistrate’s Court, where he pleaded guilty, and admitted to stabbing Nandjato, 24, with a knife before beheading her.

Nailenge, also 24, told the court on Friday the death followed a quarrel between the two.

“We had a misunderstanding, she was always threatening me and even on the day I killed her,” Nailenge claimed, adding that he lost his temper, and as a result committed the murder.

He said Nandjato used to threaten that she would do ‘something bad’ to him and his minor son he has with another woman, and that they will eventually die.

He claimed that the deceased continuously accused him of showing the baby more love than her.

Nailenge conceived the boy during a short break-up with Nandjato in 2012. Their re-union was on condition that Nailenge should not return to the mother of the child.

Magistrate Mika Namweya postponed Nailenge’s case to 23 April this year for further police investigations and for the Office of the Prosecutor-General to decide in which court he should appear next and on what charges.

Public prosecutor Leonard Tjiveze appeared for the State, while Nailenge conducted his own defence.