By Staff Reporter
A 32- year- old Mr. Martin Lupalezwi , accused of attempted murder after stabbing his girlfriend with a knife and cutting her throat opens, was sentenced to 15 years imprisonment by the Windhoek Regional Court.
Mr.Lupalezwi will serve an effective 12 years in jail after Magistrate Sarel Jacobs on May 29, suspended three years from the 15 years on condition that He( Lupalezwi) is not convicted of a similar offence.
Earlier in March this year, the accused Lupalezwi had pleaded guilty to the charge, where he told the court that he had an intention to kill Ms.Lillian Tawo, the mother of his two year old daughter, by stabbing her.
During the court proceeding, Ms.Tawo, who survived the attack, had testified that in March 2011, she and Lupalezwi were involved in physical quarrel when she complained of his other relationship with another woman, known as Priscilla, whom he was staying with.
The near fatal assault took place at Priscilla’s room at Khomasdal in Dahlia Street in Namibia’s capital Windhoek.
It is understood a day prior to the brutal attack, the estranged couple were also involved in another fight which left his girlfriend (Tawo) with a deep laceration to the body.
The fight was brought about when Mr. Lupalezwi demanded to know who was sending Tawo text messages while they were in discussion about their relationship.
The following day before she was stabbed, He went to Ms.Tawo’s mother to collect Tawo under the pretext that he was going to get her medical help, but he however took a different route where they ended up at his new girlfriends’ house.
It was during another confrontation inside the room that Lupalezwi then allegedly slapped and pinned Tawo down on his bed, and started strangling her after which he grabbed a knife and stabbed her in the neck.
When Tawo landed her right side and he sat on top of her proceeded to cut her again like he was allegedly slaughtering a sheep.
In her testimony, Tawo further claimed that Lupalezwi was smiling whilst busy cutting her throat, however part of the knife broke off which prompted him to stop. Lupalezwi ordered her to lie on the bed, saying he would be taking her to the mortuary himself after he had taken a shower.
When he went to the shower, she managed to get up and ran out into the street, where she got help from someone who called an ambulance to take her to the hospital where she spent a month recovering.
Lupalezwi was represented by his Lawyer Mr. Orben Sibeya and the State was represented by the Public Prosecutor Mr. Cliff Lutibezi.