Seven years in prison for murder of newborn

SWAKOPMUND

15 June 2018 | Justice

Erwin Leuschner

A 28-year-old woman was recently sentenced to ten years in prison after she was convicted of having brutally murdered her newborn baby in Walvis Bay in November 2014.

Naambo Wilhelmina David was found guilty after she admitted to the murder during her trial in the regional court in Swakopmund.

“I made a wrong choice and until this day I am haunted by what I did. I therefore tender this plea of guilty as a token of my remorse and beg an empathetic ear from this honourable court.” With this statement David pleaded guilty to the charge of murder.

David was arrested when she was 24 years old. She was initially charged with concealment of birth after she kept her pregnancy a secret from friends and family. She then gave birth to the baby in her shack located in Walvis Bay’s Kuisebmond residential area. Afterwards she stuffed pieces of toilet paper in her baby’s mouth and thereby suffocated the newborn.

The body of the baby was found a few hours later by the police, wrapped in a plastic bag under her bed where she hid it.

The charge against David was later changed to murder. During an appearance in the magistrates court she initially denied the allegation, but when the trial commenced in the regional court she admitted the brutal murder.

“I admit that I did cause the death of my baby by putting toilet paper in her mouth and thereby suffocated her,” her plea reads.

Magistrate Gaynor Poulton found David guilty of murder and sentenced her to ten years in prison of which three years are suspended.

Cases of baby dumping are shockingly high in Walvis Bay. In May this year alone two separate cases were reported in the harbour town.

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