Sentencing over Keetmanshoop teacher murder set for November

The sentence in the case of a Keetmanshoop resident on trial in the Windhoek High Court for the murder of a retired teacher at the southern town in November 2012, will be made public on 19 November 2019.

The convict young man-Jan Benedictus Fredericks, 29- made another appearance before High Court Judge Nate Ndauendapo on Thursday when his murder trial was postponed to 19 November 2019 for the handing down of the sentence.

High Court Judge Nate Ndauendapo, who is presiding over the trial, after listened to submissions on the type of the sentences to be imposed by both State Advocate Dominic Lisulo and the accused' s Legal Aid-funded defence Mbanga Siyomuninji, said he will deliver the sentence in the matter on 19 November 2019 at about 10h00.

Fredericks was on 16 October 2019 found guilty on the two charges of murder with direct intention to kill and robbery with aggravating circumstances in connection with death of Keetmanshoop retired teacher Magrietha Aletta Thirion, 64, when he hit her with a wooden pole on the head at her residence on 06 November 2012.

Thirion died due to severe head injuries the following day in the Katutura State Hospital in the capital, where she was transferred to from the southern town.

In submissions in respect of the type of the sentence to be imposed, State Advocate Lisulo asked the court for a sentence of not less than 35 years imprisonment on the first count of murder with direct intention to kill and 10 years on the second charge of robbery with aggravating circumstances.

The prosecution representative wants the 10-year-sentence on the second charge to run concurrently with the punishment to be imposed on the first charge of murder with direct intention to kill.

On his part, Siyomuinji for the accused, pleaded with the court to show some kind of mercy and asked the court not to impose a heavy sentence that would damage his client's chance of rehabilitation.

During trial, Fredericks already suffered irreparable blows after a warning statement and evidence of pointing out a crime scene to the police investigating team shortly after arrest were ruled admissible before court on 16 August 2017 at the end of the proceedings of a trial-within-a-trial.

The self-incriminating admissions by Fredericks were ruled admissible in a judgement of the trial-within-a-trial, also handed down by Ndauendapo and were be used by the prosecution against him during the handing down of the judgement on 16 October 2019.

However, Fredericks scored a small victory when the confession in respect of a guilty plea statement he gave to a magistrate shortly after arrest, was ruled inadmissible before court.

During the trial-within-a-trial, he told the court police investigating officers repeatedly assaulted him on several occasions and forced him to make the statement.

Evidence during trial has it that Fredericks also robbed the victim of beddings, a mobile phone and a laptop.

He remains in police custody at the Windhoek Central Correctional Facility with no option to post bail since his arrest, pending the handing down of the sentence on 19 November 2019.

Fredericks is first-time criminal offender and only attended school up to Grade 10 before he started working at Agra Namibia shop at Keetmanshoop.

Source: Namibia Press Agency

Sentencing over Keetmanshoop teacher murder set for November

The sentence in the case of a Keetmanshoop resident on trial in the Windhoek High Court for the murder of a retired teacher at the southern town in November 2012, will be made public on 19 November 2019.

The convict young man-Jan Benedictus Fredericks, 29- made another appearance before High Court Judge Nate Ndauendapo on Thursday when his murder trial was postponed to 19 November 2019 for the handing down of the sentence.

High Court Judge Nate Ndauendapo, who is presiding over the trial, after listened to submissions on the type of the sentences to be imposed by both State Advocate Dominic Lisulo and the accused' s Legal Aid-funded defence Mbanga Siyomuninji, said he will deliver the sentence in the matter on 19 November 2019 at about 10h00.

Fredericks was on 16 October 2019 found guilty on the two charges of murder with direct intention to kill and robbery with aggravating circumstances in connection with death of Keetmanshoop retired teacher Magrietha Aletta Thirion, 64, when he hit her with a wooden pole on the head at her residence on 06 November 2012.

Thirion died due to severe head injuries the following day in the Katutura State Hospital in the capital, where she was transferred to from the southern town.

In submissions in respect of the type of the sentence to be imposed, State Advocate Lisulo asked the court for a sentence of not less than 35 years imprisonment on the first count of murder with direct intention to kill and 10 years on the second charge of robbery with aggravating circumstances.

The prosecution representative wants the 10-year-sentence on the second charge to run concurrently with the punishment to be imposed on the first charge of murder with direct intention to kill.

On his part, Siyomuinji for the accused, pleaded with the court to show some kind of mercy and asked the court not to impose a heavy sentence that would damage his client's chance of rehabilitation.

During trial, Fredericks already suffered irreparable blows after a warning statement and evidence of pointing out a crime scene to the police investigating team shortly after arrest were ruled admissible before court on 16 August 2017 at the end of the proceedings of a trial-within-a-trial.

The self-incriminating admissions by Fredericks were ruled admissible in a judgement of the trial-within-a-trial, also handed down by Ndauendapo and were be used by the prosecution against him during the handing down of the judgement on 16 October 2019.

However, Fredericks scored a small victory when the confession in respect of a guilty plea statement he gave to a magistrate shortly after arrest, was ruled inadmissible before court.

During the trial-within-a-trial, he told the court police investigating officers repeatedly assaulted him on several occasions and forced him to make the statement.

Evidence during trial has it that Fredericks also robbed the victim of beddings, a mobile phone and a laptop.

He remains in police custody at the Windhoek Central Correctional Facility with no option to post bail since his arrest, pending the handing down of the sentence on 19 November 2019.

Fredericks is first-time criminal offender and only attended school up to Grade 10 before he started working at Agra Namibia shop at Keetmanshoop.

Source: Namibia Press Agency