6 NEWS Friday, August 18 2017 | NEW ERA A year after son’s death mother still awaits answers Photo: Selma Ikela Seeking answers… Bereaved Erikka Ndeyanale alleges negligence on the part of medical staff at Katutura Hospital may have caused her son’s premature death. NSI form reference number: No. 18 Committee number : TC 9 Selma Ikela Windhoek The mother of Simeon Tangi-Tate Boysen is still looking for answers from Katutura State Hospital over what she alleges was negligence by medical staff, as a result of their failure to make an early and correct diagnosis that could have saved her son. Attention: Standards Development Division P.O. Box 26364, Windhoek, 9000 Tel: +264 61 386400 Fax: +264 61 386454 e-mail: email@example.com DRAFT NAMIBIAN STANDARD Erikka Ndeyanale lodged a formal complaint with Katutura Hospital on March 10, following the passing of Boysen in August 2016. Her complaints centre on the medical treatment her son received at the hospital, which she believes was inadequate, not timely and may have contributed to his death. She says the hospital is yet to respond to her complaints. The PUBLIC ENQUIRY STAGE FOR THE ADOPTION OF NATIONAL STANDARD Committee title: Metrology Circulation date: 02 August 2017 Closing date for comments: 02 October 2017 Number and title of proposed standard: NAMS/SANS 1795:2007 Road Traffic Law Enforcement Systems (Part 0,1,3,4&5) NAMS/SANS 10378:2012 General requirements for the competence of verification laboratories NAMS/SANS 1838-1:2007 Electronic self-indicating road vehicle mass measuring equipment for use by road traffic NAMS/SADCMEL Document 1, Document 4 & Document 5 IMPORTANT NOTE: The NSI Technical Committee (TC 9) on Metrology has reached consensus that these National Recommendations be adopted as Namibian Standards. The proposed adoptions of the recommendations is now being made available by way of Public Enquiry to the public for comments on the proposal to adopt, and to Technical Committee members for record purposes. All interested and affected parties should comment, or if not in agreement, submit their motivations for the rejection of the adoption of the recommendation, by the closing date indicated above. The draft standards can be obtained at the, NSI Headquarters, Channel Life Tower building, M1 Post Street Mall, Windhoek. Comments should be sent either by email, mail or fax to: Internal Auditor Attention: Millicent Kapitako P.O Box 26364 Windhoek Namibia Fax No: (+264)61386454 Email: firstname.lastname@example.org International Standards and Recommendations are normally adopted unchanged. Any change made or proposed to the content of the standard or recommendation, shall be clearly indicated on the cover page of the adopted national standard. Note: This document is a draft standard for public comment, and shall not be used, or referred to, as a Namibian Standard until published as such. Standards Officer’s name: Signature ……………………………………………… Signature of the CEO …………………………………………… Tangeni Shailemo Date 02 August 2017 Date ………………………………………. Ministry of Health did not respond when contacted for comment. Ndeyanale, told New Era that for nine years her son suffered from continuous abdominal pains and all the hospital gave him was Panado. “Until my son passed on at home on August 17, I feel the hospital worked with negligence that led to my son’s death,” said Ndeyanale. The beareaved mother is emphatic that at one point the medical personnel at the hospital had told her everything was normal after taking x-rays of her son. It was only when Boysen was 10 years old that doctors at Katutura Hospital said he needed to go for sonar scan at Windhoek Central Hospital, but Ndeyanale was told that the hospital was full and that they should wait six months. Unemployed Ndeyanale collected money and went to a private doctor for the sonar scan, who recommended that Boysen undergo an operation. She says she immediately took the results from the private doctor to the medical staff at public hospital, but they did not act on time. Boysen eventually underwent an emergency operation, a day after the mother had returned from hospital with news that the boy was fine. He had been complaining of pain and was moaning the whole night. The next day Boysen underwent the operation, in the course of which the doctors detected that his big intestine was twisted around the small intestine. Ndeyanale explained that the intestines are normally lined with small veins that supply blood and during the time of his illness the boy’s intestinal veins stopped working and the intestines became non-functional and turned black. The hospital cut out 48 cm of his 68cm long intestine, leaving Boysen with only 20cm of his long intestine. The boy died three months later at their home in Havana informal settlement. Ndeyanale says the first question the doctor and nurse asked her was why she waited until it was so late to bring her son for treatment. She says this was strange, because there are records to show that they have been bringing the child to hospital since the age of four with complaints of abdominal pain. “One of the doctors spoke in English and the nurse translated in Oshiwambo and told me that when they operated on him they saw he had a major problem at birth,” she alleged. After the operation, Boysen spent about nine days in hospital before he was discharged. “As from that day on he never got back on his feet and after consuming food it wouldn’t last in his body. He would regurgitate and excrete the food as is,” Boysen said. Ndeyanale says she took the child back to hospital five times for follow-ups, but doctors assured her nothing more could be done. She also claims that after the operation no further tests were conducted on Boysen to see if his intestine was growing back or not, like the doctors said it would. Ndeyanale now wants to know why the x-ray machines failed to pick up the condition of her son earlier when they went to hospital for treatment, and were instead told that everything was fine.
Friday, August 18 2017| NEW ERA NEWS 7 Man gets 25 years for murder Nuusita Ashipala Oshakati Ndilinawa Gabriel has been sentenced to 25 years’ imprisonment for intentionally killing Shuunto Nameto Petrus by hacking him with a panga on the neck at Okatwitwi location on December 4, 2011. Oshakati High Court Judge Herman January, when delivering the sentence, said while the court is cognisant of his personal circumstances presented before court and that he has already spent three years behind bars, it does not compensate for the life he took away. “You took away the life of a valuable person, one you considered a friend or an acquaintance. There are limits within the law, but you have overstepped those boundaries because of anger,” said the judge. Gabriel is already serving a jail term for another sentence. Gabriel pleaded not guilty and stated during the trial that he acted in self-defence, without providing further information. However, the court disputed that he acted in self-defence when looking at the nature of the weapon used together with the position on the body where the injury was directed and force used. In his testimony Gabriel said that a customer brought him a panga to sharpen it. However, when he was done he could not find the customer. So he tucked the panga into his waist belt and went to join his friends for a drink. Gabriel claimed it was while he was enjoying drinks with friends that Petrus approached him to confront him about his girlfriend. That confrontation led to a scuffle between the two. He testified that he hacked Petrus because he did not know Petrus’ intentions. He further told the court he wanted to slash Petrus on the shoulder because Petrus stormed at him. However, evidence before court indicated that Petrus was chased by Gabriel, and another person, and was struck in the neck when he turned around. Petrus died on the scene. Gabriel is said to have run away with the panga leaving behind his sandals and T-shirt. The State was represented by Advocate Taodagog Gaweseb. Court withdraws murder case against Hoebeb Jan Benedictus Fredericks Photo: Roland Routh Admissions in Keetmanshoop murder trial admissible Maria Amakali Windhoek A 20-year-old man accused of murder temporarily regained his freedom after the court provisionally withdrew its case against him. Helmut Hoebeb, a Windhoek resident, was arrested by the police on July 3, 2016 and was facing a charge of murder for having allegedly taken the life of one Limbo Limbo on July 13, 2016. According to the prosecutor Susan Nyatondo, the court had previously granted a final postponment of the case to allow for investigations into the matter to be finalized. Yet, at the next session it transpired that the forensic report and reconstruction of the crime scene had all not been done. Nyatondo said all is out of the investigating officer’s hands. Since a last postponement has been given Nyatondo asked the court to withdraw the case against the accused until such time the outstanding matters have been finalized, a request the court granted. The prosecution is alleging that Hoebeb on July 13, 2016 pulled out a knife with the direct intent of killing the victim Limbo. The accused reportedly stabbed the deceased twice in the chest, causing the deceased to bleed severely, consequently leading to his death. Hoebeb died from excessive bleeding which was a result of stab wounds. The reasons for Hoebeb’s actions on that fateful day in question were meant to be heard during the trial. Hoebeb who has been out on bail of N,000 walked away a happy man after the court refunded him his bail. Although it is a relief to Hoebeb that the court took the decision to withdraw the case against him, the magistrate Ndeshitila Shapumba however informed him that the court will reopen the case once investigations have been completed and he will be liable to stand trial. Roland Routh Windhoek A disputed confession made to a magistrate in Keetmanshoop and a warning statement and pointing out of the crime scene that murder accused, Jan Benedictus Fredericks, made to senior police officers, were this week declared admissible by Judge Nate Ndauendapo in the Windhoek High Court. Fredericks had disputed the confession he made after he was arrested for allegedly murdering retired school teacher Magrietha Aletta Thirion with a wooden pole at her residence in Keetmanshoop on November 6, 2012. Thirion died in the Katutura State Hospital the following morning as a result of severe head injuries. It is further alleged that after he killed Thirion, Fredericks robbed her of a Nokia cellphone, SIM card, Emachene laptop and charger, a computer bag and a bedsheet/duvet cover. The plea in the Keetmanshoop Magistrate’s Court where Fredericks pleaded guilty to a charge of murder was however declared inadmissible as the magistrate did not inform Fredericks of his rights before taking the plea. Fredericks claimed he was repeatedly assaulted by Sergeant Rudolf Kooper, the arresting officer, as well as Warrant Officer Willem Dierstaan on various occasions and only made the confession after being threatened. According to Judge Ndauendapo the accused failed to prove he was assaulted or threatened or that he was told what to narrate to the magistrate who took down his confession. The judge said the magistrate who recorded the confession testified that the accused did not inform him that he was assaulted or threatened and neither did the magistrate observe any injuries on the body of the accused. He further said the evidence of the magistrate in all material aspects corroborates the evidence of the interpreter, who testified there was no misunderstanding between her and the accused and confirmed what the magistrate said. Judge Ndauendapo said the evidence of the magistrate was honest and truthful, while that of Fredericks was littered with contradictions. He said the version of the accused that he was assaulted is a mere fabrication and that he is satisfied the accused made the confession freely and voluntarily. With regard to the warning statement, Judge Ndauendapo said the version of the accused that he was assaulted is highly improbable and that he is satisfied that the accused’s rights, including the right to have a lawyer present, were properly explained to Fredericks. The same with the pointing out, the judge said. According to Judge Ndauendapo, the accused signed on every page and at the end of the notes on the pointing out and he was satisfied that no assaults or threats were directed at the accused to cooperate, and that he did so out of his own free will. Fredericks is represented by Mbanga Siyomunji and the State by Advocate Dominic Lisulo. Fredericks remains in custody. Erwin Tebele Photo: Roland Routh Tebele testifies in own defence Roland Routh Windhoek Erwin Tebele, who is accused of killing his common law wife and mother of his child with a single stab wound to the chest, took the stand this week to testify in his own defence. Tebele, 31, is accused of murder for stabbing Nina Katjatenja to death at their common home in Epako location during the late evening of September 3, 2013. He maintains he did not intend to kill the victim, but only meant to hurt her as she inflicted two stab wounds on his inner left arm. According to Tebele, he arrived home from his work as a fencer at a nearby farm during the afternoon of that fateful day and was invited for a few drinks by a friend. The few drinks became a lot of drinks, he said, and he arrived back home between 00h00 and 01h00 that day. Upon his arrival at home he knocked, but when the deceased opened the door she asked him: ‘Erwin you know we have a small baby, why are you coming home this late after you were fucking around?’ Tebele told the court. He said he was busy drinking water from a bucket when the deceased took a knife and started stabbing at him. “I tried to block the stabs with my left arm and in the process she managed to stab me twice on the inner left arm,” Tebele told the court. According to Tebele, he then grabbed the deceased on her wrist and twisted her hand so that she could let go of the knife, and he then took the knife and stabbed her once in the left chest. “I stabbed her to hurt her so that she could leave me alone,” he said. “After I stabbed her, she said ‘Erwin you stabbed me’ and I dropped the knife and took the deceased outside and left her there. I went back inside to look at the knife and saw it was a big knife.” He said he then took the knife and threw it behind the house before he went back to where the deceased was at the house of his in-laws in the same yard. When he arrived at the house of his in-laws he heard his father-in-law ask the victim who had stabbed her and he replied that it was he and asked his father-in-law to call the police for them to arrange medical assistance. The victim then informed him that she was getting weak and he held her in his arms until she passed on and waited there with the deceased until the police arrived. With regard to the injuries on his arm, he denied that he sustained it during a fight the previous Friday night at a bar in Epako. He said he told the police officers who arrested him that the deceased had stabbed him and he was bleeding, but was never taken for medical treatment. A defence witness testified that she saw the accused two days before the stabbing and that he was wearing a sleeveless shirt, and did not observe any injuries on him. The trial was postponed to next Tuesday for submissions on the verdict and Tebele remains in custody. State Advocate Felisitas Shikerete-Vendura prosecuted, Mbanga Siyomunji appears for the accused on instructions from legal aid and Judge Dinah Usiku is on the bench.