20 June 2014

Namibia: Strangler Jailed for 50 Years

THE man who murdered Polytechnic of Namibia student Elizabeth Tuwilika Ekandjo in her rented room in Windhoek a year ago is facing half a century behind bars.

Judge Alfred Siboleka sentenced self-confessed strangler Petrus Gabriel, who has admitted that he killed Ekandjo (21) on 6 June last year by strangling her with a tie, to 50 years' imprisonment today (20 June).

During Gabriel's sentencing in the Windhoek High Court, Judge Siboleka emphasised that he wanted to send out a strong message to all men who regard a refusal from a woman as something that was punishable by death. His message was that men who did not seem to accept that women have a right to say no to them, should expect to be punished severely if they commit crimes against such women.

Gabriel and the late Ekandjo had been involved in a relationship, which had ended some time before her death.

During his trial, Gabriel told the judge that he strangled Ekandjo because they had separated.

Gabriel was sentenced to 45 years' imprisonment over the murder of Ekandjo, and to a five-year prison term for the kidnapping of Ekandjo's roommate. The sentences must run consecutively, the judge ordered.

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