19 December 2012

Namibia: Mother in Court Over Murder

Windhoek — Twenty-nine-year-old Elizabeth Nowases on Monday made her first appearance in the Windhoek Regional Court in Katutura on a charge of murder.

Nowases is charged with the fatal stabbing of her live-in boyfriend of 14 years and father of her five children, Moses Narib, in Otjomuise last Friday at around 21h30.

The couple reportedly had a tumultuous relationship from which five kids were born with the eldest being eleven years old and the youngest a mere two-month-old baby boy who is still breastfeeding.

During an impromptu interview at the court on Monday morning, Nowases related that Narib had become abusive towards her during the course of Friday, since he had been boozing.

She related that she called the police three times on that day, but every time the police arrived he would apparently calm down only to start abusing her as soon as the police had left.

The distraught mother said the abuse started in January this year and that it had become routine, especially on weekends. She related how after the police left for the third time the abuse became more aggravating and that in order to defend herself she stabbed Narib once in the back, resulting in his immediate death.

She maintained that it was not her intention to kill the deceased, but she only wanted to scare him off her since she feared for her own life.

Nowases was refused bail.

Nowases may however, according to her constitutional rights, bring a formal bail application before the court anytime she wishes. Nowases indicated to the court she will apply for legal aid.

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