11 July 2018

Namibia: Kapana Seller Fined for Killing Customer

A Kapana seller who killed an unruly customer nearly two years ago by clobbering him with a piece of wood has been sentenced to a fine after she pleaded guilty to a charge of culpable homicide.

Frederika Uunona (39), appeared before magistrate Elina Nandago in the Windhoek Magistrate's Court yesterday, where she was fined N$20 000 or 10 years imprisonment, with five years conditionally suspended and N$10 000 suspended from the fine.

Uunona, who sells kapana for a living, admitted in court that on 19 October 2016, she had a heated confrontation with Junias Natangwe (23), during which he toppled eight of her pots containing kapana (meat) in Windhoek's Havana settlement.

At the time, Uunona ran a small business in Havana, where she sold kapana, oshikundu (traditional soft drink) and tombo (traditional beer), and the deceased was a regular customer.

She said she hit him with a log behind the head, and he fell to the ground, bleeding profusely. Natangwe was rushed by ambulance to the Katutura Intermediate Hospital, where he succumbed to his wound the following day.

"The deceased came to the kapana stall, and argued with one of the girls at the bar. He then assaulted her, and demanded a glass of tombo," Uunona said in her statement.

"I said he should pay for it first because he was in the habit of drinking and leaving without paying. I even informed him on previous occasions not to come to my stall as he was a troublemaker," she said, adding that later when the deceased had drunk enough tombo, he started insulting the girl, and also threatened to spill the traditional brew on her.

"I then intervened, and told him to leave. He knocked over eight pots of meat on the table. I then grabbed a piece of firewood and ran after the deceased, hitting him on the head, knowing that the deceased may die after hitting him on his head, which is a sensitive part of his body, and by so doing my negligent conduct led to his death," she said.

Following the assault, Uunona reported to the Wanaheda Police Station, where she confessed what she had done. The state was represented by Menencia Hinda while Uunona was represented by lawyer Charles Beukes.

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