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A WALVIS BAY man who fatally shot his girlfriend at the beach and attempted to kill himself by cutting his wrists has been slapped with a life imprisonment term.
He was also sentenced to two years for stealing his uncle’s gun and using it to kill his girlfriend.
The two-year jail term was ordered to run concurrently with the murder sentence.
Jomo Petrus, 34, allegedly lured his unsuspecting girlfriend from her house in a bid to talk him out of his suicidal thoughts, he told the court previously. The incident took place in 2014.
He testified that he had planned to kill himself and that he stole his uncle’s firearm, rushed to his room to shoot himself but that the gun was not functional. He thereafter went to his girlfriend, Loise Alupe, 24, to talk to her about his depression and they took a walk to the beach.
There, they wrestled for the gun and two fire shots went off, killing Alupe instantly. She was shot twice on her forehead. Judge Alfred Siboleka dismissed this claim as false beyond reasonable doubt and an afterthought.
Petrus will serve 25 years before he is eligible for parole.
“The court rejects his version of events. It is full of inconsistencies that one would easily see from the onset that it is a lie. How did the gun inexplicably turn useful in that moment?” Judge Siboleka remarked.
State Prosecutor Salomon Kanyemba argued during trial that the fact that Petrus is a first offender should diluted the seriousness of the offence.
The high court has since ordered that the gun used in the commission of the offence be returned to its rightful owner. Christopher Dube represented the accused.