KEETMANSHOOP - The Keetmanshoop Regional Court on Monday sentenced a 37-year-old man to 18 years behind bars for murdering a younger man with a knife over a cigarette.
Two years of the sentence were suspended, and Joel Bethuel Dausab, who conducted his own defence, will have to serve an effective 16 years.
The court heard that Dausab, a resident of Keetmanshoop, stabbed the 21-year-old Manfred Klippert in the neck several times on the night of April 28, 2008 in a fight over a cigarette which Dausab had asked from the deceased and his three friends.
The incident happened at the Sport Bar in Keetmanshoop’s Tseiblaagte, where Dausab allegedly started a fight after Klippert refused to share the cigarette. The deceased bled to death on the spot.
Delivering the verdict, Magistrate Sunsley Zisengwe said Dausab’s actions were unprovoked, saying he killed Klippert for his own cigarette, thus the court decided to give him a sentence to protect the interests of society, amongst other reasons.
Dausab’s relatives burst into tears during the trial on Friday.
In mitigation, Dausab told the court on Monday that he apologised to the deceased’s family and has shown remorse.
He then requested the court to give him a suspended sentence or the option of a fine.
However, State prosecutor Veiko Alexander said that it seems the accused does not understand the seriousness of the crime hence the request for a suspended sentence or a fine. - Nampa