8 February 2013

Namibia: Woman in Court for Murder

Rundu — A 35-year-old woman accused of murdering her husband appeared before the Rundu Magistrate's Court on Wednesday on charges of having hacked her husband to death with a hoe.

The 39-year-old victim was reportedly hacked to death with a garden hoe by the mother of his five children following a heated argument. Police have identified the victim as Stanislaus Semete.

The accused, Kletha Sivambi, was remanded in custody after her case was postponed to April 09, to allow for further police investigation and to allow time for the accused to apply for legal aid.

Sivambi allegedly killed her husband on Monday evening at Sivaradi village, some 70 kilometres southeast of Rundu. She reportedly confessed to the police that she killed her husband by hacking him with a garden hoe on the head after the two had an argument.

After hacking her husband to death she approached her brother-in-law during the wee hours of Tuesday morning to inform him that his brother went missing. He told her that they would look for him in the morning, but after a few minutes she started crying out that her husband had killed himself.

A shotgun was found on the lap of the deceased, and it was later discovered that Sivambi had intentionally placed it there to make it look as if the victim had killed himself.

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