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New Era Newspaper Wednesday October 25, 2017

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4 NEWS Wednesday, October 25 2017 | NEW ERA onger prison sentence for oman guilty of baby killing Roland Routh Windhoek Oshakati High Court judges Herman January and Marlene Tommasi last week raised the length of prison sentence of a woman convicted of stabbing her oneday-old baby boy 42 times with a pair of scissors from four years to seven years. Peneyambeko Nghimbwasha was convicted of murder, read with the provisions of the Combating of Domestic Violence Act, for killing her newborn baby by stabbing him 42 times all over his body in a toilet at Endombo Compound in Tsumeb on June 21, 2012. She was sentenced in the Oshakati Regional Court on September 15, 2016 to eight years’ imprisonment, of which four years were suspended on condition she is not convicted of murder, read with the provisions of the Combating of Domestic Violence Act. the sentence - appealed to the High Court. State Advocate Taodagog called the sentence shockingly inappropriate when considered against sentences imposed for similar offences in the High Court. He further contended the magistrate erred when he overemphasised the personal circumstances of the accused and attached little or no weight to the seriousness of the offence and the interest of society. Judge January, who wrote the judgment, said while it was at the discretion of a trial court to ORANJEMUND TOWN COUNCIL PROCUREMENT MANAGEMENT UNIT INVITATION FOR OPEN NATIONAL BIDDING Construction of Services (Water, sewer and roads) for Extension 10 PROCUREMENT REFERENCE NO: W/ONB/ORTC-01/2017 1. Bids are invited through Open National Bidding (ONB) procedures from registered, reputable and experienced Civil Engineering Contractors for the construction of services to the Oranjemund Town Council 2. Bid documents are available for collection as from 08h30 on Tuesday, Town Council, Corner of 8th Avenue and 12th Street, Oranjemund, Namibia. purchased by interested bidders from the Oranjemund Town Council upon payment of a non refundable fee of N$ 1,000.00 by cash or Electronic Funds Tranfer (EFT). be held for prospective contractors on Wednesday, 01 November 2017 @ 10h00, meeting at the Oranjemund Town Council boadroom, Oranjemund. Oranjemund Town Council impose sentence, a court of appeal may interfere when the sentence is so severe or lenient that it induces a sense of shock. In his view, the sentence in this case was too lenient. “There is no doubt that the unlawful killing of infants is not less serious than that of other children and adults; and a newborn baby has the same right to life and protection under the Constitution as any other person on Namibian soil would have,” Judge January ruled. He asserted the courts have the duty to uphold law and order and to protect the rights of others in society through its decisions and sentences, especially where the vulnerable - such as the elderly, women and children - have fallen prey to criminality. He said the courts have repeatedly stated that judges would not shy away from their duty by sending accused persons, guilty of serious crimes, such as murder, rape and robbery, to prison for considerably long periods. “Murder has always been viewed by the courts in a serious light and usually, only in exceptional circumstances, would this offence not attract a lengthy custodial sentence,” he noted. But, he said, in cases of infanti- to mete out appropriate sentences and there is a tendency to treat such cases with leniency. With regard to this case, the judge said there was no evidence before court on the state of mind of Nghimbwasha when she committed the crime, or her motive. “In my view, the motive for the murder is in all probability because her father is a strict person and she was afraid that he may not approve of the pregnancy and or baby,” the judge said. However, he said, the injuries was brutal and calls for a lengthy custodial sentence. Judge January sentenced Nghimbwasha to ten years in prison, of which three years were suspended for that she is not convicted of a similar offence during the period of suspension. Her sentence was ante-dated to September 15, 2016. Conselect Engineering (Consulting Engineers & Project Managers) on or before 14h30 pm local time on Friday, 24th November 2017. All bids must be accompanied by a Bid Security. Address for submitting bidding documents Procurement Management Unit, Oranjemund Town Council Contact person: Mrs. Varonique Forbes Tel: +26463 233 500; Email:

Wednesday, October 25 | NEW ERA ADVERT 5 NAMCOL UPDATE NAMCOL inaugurate multi-million facilities On the left is former Prime Minister Nahas Angula while on the right is Prime Minister Saara Kuugongelwa-Amadhila, NAMCOL Director Dr Heroldt Murangi and Khomas Regional Governor Laura McLeod- Katjirua unveiling the NAMCOL newly constructed facilities. Education, Arts and Culture Minister Katrina Hanse-Himarwa, NAMCOL Director Dr Heroldt Murangi and Prime Minister Saara Kuugongelwa-Amadhila. Technical, Vocational Education and Training (TVET) NAMCOL Update randomly interviewed students currently enrolled on the TVET programmes to share their experiences in these technical

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