24 September 2012

Namibia: Teen Jailed for 15 Years for Murder

Swakopmund — A 16-year-old boy charged with the murder of local musician Petrus Eixab in Swakopmund in June 2009, was recently convicted in the Swakopmund Regional Court.

Magistrate Gaynor Poulton sentenced the minor boy to 15 years imprisonment, of which five years were suspended.

The stabbing occurred on June 07, 2009, when Eixab, who was 27 years old at the time, was on his way home from the centre of town in Swakopmund where he earned a living as a busker at the entrance of the Woermann Brock arcade. According to court reports, the minor indicated that he had a sexual relationship with the deceased.

On the day of the incident, he apparently did not want to consent to sex with Eixab who was drunk, and a fight erupted.

He stabbed Eixab at least 10 times in the back, 10 times in the chest and twice on his feet and was arrested on the same day.

Eixab subsequently died of substantial haemorrhaging caused by the stab wounds, as indicated in the post-mortem report.

"As a result of the accused person being a juvenile, he will be transferred to a Windhoek prison for unit management treatment, after which he will serve the remaining sentence at the Elizabeth Nepembe Juvenile Rehabilitation Centre near Rundu," magistrate Poulton said.


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