New Era (Windhoek)

Namibia: ?Strangler? Fights for Freedom

Windhoek — Magistrate Johannes Shuuveni on Monday postponed to November 22 the bail hearing in the matter in which the son of a businessman stands accused of strangling his former lover to death with a tie. The victim was a Polytechnic of Namibia (PoN) student at the time of her brutal demise.

Magistrate Shuuveni reserved his judgment after hearing arguments from the prosecution and the defence in the Katutura Magistrate's Court on Monday.

The accused, Gabriel Jana Petrus (29) faces a charge of murder following a horrendous incident in June, during which he is alleged to have strangled to death a fourth-year PoN student Tuwilika Ekandjo after she broke off their love affair.

At the time of the incident it was reported the suspect, whose father is a prominent businessman who owns a fleet of long-distance buses, bars and restaurants, among others, even stalked his alleged victim.

Ekandjo's family showed up at the Katutura Magistrate's Court to hand over a petition in which they oppose the granting of bail to the suspect who has caused them untold anguish.

It is suspected that Ekandjo broke off her relationship with Petrus after which the suspect reportedly bombarded her with sinister text messages threatening her life. Petrus allegedly sneaked into Ekandjo's house and strangled her, since he could not accept the fact that she had ended their love affair.

Khomas Regional Investigations Crime Coordinator, Deputy Commissioner Sylvanus Nghishidimbwa, told New Era in June that the accused had scaled the wall of the house and sneaked into her bedroom through a window.

At the time, she was sleeping with a female friend in the room.

Petrus allegedly ordered the two not to scream and forced the friend into a wardrobe before locking her inside.

After the killing, Petrus allegedly left the house and started sending SMS's to his relatives informing them that he was going to commit suicide since he had just killed his ex-girlfriend. But an uncle reportedly convinced him not to take his own life and requested Petrus to meet him to discuss the incident.

Petrus met his uncle the next morning and was handed over to the police.

Ekandjo was a fourth-year information technology student and an intern at Telecom Namibia. She hailed from Oshakati.

Roger Sibungo represented the State, while Willem Visser represented Petrus.

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