27 November 2012

Namibia: Matricide Ruling Postponed to April

Windhoek — Judge Nate Ndauendapo yesterday announced he will make a ruling on April 18, 2013 in the matter in which Natangwe Iipinge Ngatjizeko (31) allegedly murdered his mother, Phenny Iipinge (58) six years ago.

Judge Ndauendapo will rule whether or not the accused is guilty of the alleged crime and the hearing was postponed to April 18 and 19, 2013. The judge heard arguments from State advocate Constance Moyo and defence counsel Jan Wessels on the verdict to be delivered.

Advocate Moyo argued that the accused did not deny being in Shandumbala, where the alleged offence took place. Nor does he deny stabbing his mother with a knife or knives. The prosecutor noted Ngatjizeko had claimed that the thoughts of killing his mother were hallucinations, and that he believed he was psychotic.

She added that the fact that Ngatjizeko did not testify and opted to remain silent, has denied the court the opportunity to hear more about his psychotic behaviour. Moyo further requested the court to bear in mind that Ngatjizeko stole N$20 from his mother, and requested the court to find him guilty of theft.

Ngatjizeko's mother was an assistant to the former first lady Kovambo Nujoma. The accused is charged with killing his mother on December 17, 2006 by stabbing her 39 times with two knives. He also fractured her ribs and poured boiling water over her body according to court records.

Ngatjizeko pleaded not guilty to the charge of murder and theft, when his trial commenced in June 2010. In a written plea account, Ngatjizeko did not deny that he had stabbed his mother and poured boiling water over her. The accused also denied that he had killed his mother intentionally.

A psychiatric evaluation of Ngatjizeko found that as far as legal responsibility for the offence committed by him is concerned and at the time of committing the offence, he did suffer from diminished responsibility. The accused has been in custody since his arrest following the incident.

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