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Soldier found guilty of murdering daughter

Soldier found guilty of murdering daughter

Eba Kandovazu

A FORMER Namibia defense force soldier was today found guilty of drowning his five-year-old daughter at the Goreangab dam in 2017.

Gabriel David, 36, was also found guilty of assaulting the child’s mother, who was his girlfriend at the time.

The lifeless body of the young Cornelia David was found floating in the dam, days after she had been reported missing. 

Picured: Gabriel David. Photo: Eba Kandovazu

Before she was found dead, David picked his daughter up from her maternal relatives.

While the child was in his care, he allegedly wrote a text message to the child’s mother informing her that she can find their daughter at the dam, and that she is dead.

Acting Judge Orben Sibeya also found that David severely assaulted his girlfriend and mother of his child, Cornelia Thomas, and stole her mobile phone.

He was also found guilty of theft but was acquitted on a charge of malicious damage to property because the state failed to prove that he had indeed damaged Thoams’ mobile phone. 

On another occasion, Thomas informed the court that she was assaulted when she refused to give David transport money to get to work.
“I was working at my aunt’s shebeen at the time and he wanted me to get the money from the shebeen. I refused and he hit me and my face and neck were swollen,” Thomas said.
The two were in an 8-year relationship.

David will return to court on 8 October for submissions before sentencing. 

Cliff Lutibezi represented the state, with Mbanga Siyomundji appearing for David.