15 November 2012

Namibia: Nurse May Appeal 90-Year Sentence

FORMER Katutura State Hospital nurse Jeckonia Dimbulukweni Hamukoto may appeal to the Supreme Court against the 90-year prison term which he received last year for a triple murder committed in Windhoek in early 2007.

A ruling giving Hamukoto leave to appeal against the sentences which were imposed on him was given by Judge Nate Ndauendapo in the High Court in Windhoek on Monday.

Judge Ndauendapo sentenced Hamukoto to an effective 90 years’ imprisonment on three counts of murder, three counts of attempted murder, and charges of pointing of a firearm and discharge of a firearm in a public place at the end of his trial in September last year.

Hamukoto was prosecuted in connection with a shooting incident which took place at a bar in Katutura in Windhoek on February 2 2007.

Three people were killed when Hamukoto, apparently angered when he found that his cellphone had disappeared at the bar, started firing shots with his 9 mm Makarov pistol. Another three people were wounded.

With the sentencing Judge Ndauendapo remarked that Hamukoto had shown no remorse over his actions, and that he had taken the lives of three people “in the most callous manner”.

In the ruling on Hamukoto’s application for leave to appeal, the judge noted that he was a first-time offender when he was sentenced at the age of 41, and that the crimes of which he was convicted happened virtually in one action.

Having been sentenced to 90 years’ imprisonment, Hamukoto would probably die in jail if he has to serve that sentence, the judge remarked.

“The sentences do not make provision for rehabilitation and he may not be released even if he is fully rehabilitated and becomes a model citizen,” Judge Ndauendapo stated.

As a result of that, he found that there are reasonable prospects that the Supreme Court may take a different view on the sentences imposed.

Defence lawyer Willem Visser represented Hamukoto with the hearing of his application for leave to appeal. Deputy Prosecutor General Belinda Wantenaar appeared for the State.

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