Namibia: Man to spend 30 years behind bars for killing lover

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A Windhoek court on Wednesday handed a 22-year old man 30 years in jail for murdering his lover. The suspect committed the crime during the period of 4 to 5 January 2015 at Leonardville in the Omaheke region, Eastern of Namibia.

David Elrico Kasupi is alleged to have killed Lady Daire, who was then 21-years-old by slitting her throat with a knife. It was reported that the two had disagreed about Daire’s two-month pregnancy. The suspect confessed that he lured the deceased via a cell phone message on the night the incident happened. Daire succumbed to hemorrhagic shock due to the injuries sustained.

After killing the lover, he dumped her body in the bush a few distances from her residence and pretentiously started searching for her. In a bid to impede justice, David Elrico Kasupi allegedly went ahead and hid a pair of sandals, a shirt and a short trouser belonging to the deceased under his bed.

The lady’s body was discovered by her neighbour who notified the deceased mother who later alerted the police. Testifying before Windhoek High Court Acting Judge Kobus Miller, Anna Daire, the mother, told the court her daughter left home on the night of January 4 after she received a text message but she did not return.

The following day in the morning a neighbour who had gone to release himself in the bush approached Anna and told her that he found the body of a woman. She cautiously rushed to the scene and found her daughter lying in a pool of blood.

During his trial, Kasupi denied killing Daire but this week on Monday he pleaded guilty, noting that he is remorseful of his actions and wanted to ask for forgiveness from her family. He remained mum when asked why he cut her throat.

Despite being 17 when he committed the crime, the judge argued that the nature of the crime and interest of the society outweighs his then young age.

“It is regrettable that women and children in Namibia are continually being subjected to crimes of violence. However, the imposition of severe sentences alone was also not the solution to this evil plaguing the people of Namibia,” said the Judge.

Unless we change our attitude towards women and treat them as equal partners, rather than a weak, sex object and second class citizen, the horrible crimes and violence against women will continue.