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Double life sentence for man who murdered girlfriends

Double life sentence for man who murdered girlfriends

Video: Lukas Nikodemus in court – Footage: Eba Kandovazu

Eba Kandovazu
A WINDHOEK man who in 2016 fatally shot his two girlfriends before setting their bodies on fire in an attempt to cover his tracks was slapped with a double life sentence by Judge Christe Liebenberg in the Windhoek High Court.
Nikodemus Lukas was sentenced to life imprisonment for the murder of 23-year-old Clemencia de Wee and another life imprisonment term for the murder of 29-year-old Johanie Naruses. It was also ordered that he serve another eight years in jail for attempting to defeat the course of justice when he set the bodies alight.
The judge ordered that all three sentences runs concurrently.
The smoldering remains of the deceased were found at a cemetery dumping site in Windhoek by a security guard on duty.
The guard then alerted the police, who in turn found a sim card that linked Nikodemus to the crime scene.
The two women were last seen with Nikodemus at a bar in Katutura.
Nikodemus previously confessed that he was romantically involved with the both women at the time of their deaths, even though he denied killing them. He throughout his trial denied any involvement in their murder.
The firearm used in the commissioning of the offence was forfeited to the state. At the time of his arrest, Nikodemus’ gun was found between his bed and mattress in a backroom he occupied in his mother’s house.
He was as a result charged for failing to lock away a firearm but was recently found not guilty by Judge Liebenberg, citing that not all households have a safe.
Speaking to Informanté shortly after sentencing, Naruses’ uncle Willem Wimmerth expressed gratitude and noted that justice was served.
“At last! We are grateful. Justice was served and my niece and de Wee will rest in peace,” Wimmerth said.

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