Still no justice for murdered student
Thursday, 28 August 2008 14:17
WHILE the family of the late Irja Ndagwedha Absalom Fillemon are preparing to mourn her passing two years ago, there appears to be little hope of finding justice on the horizon in the on-going murder case.
Fillemon, who died at the tender age of 19, was murdered at the Etunda Village in the Omusati Region on 1 September 2006.
When the body of the first-year Polytechnic of Namibia student was found three days after she was reported missing, it was discovered that a piece of her tongue, breast and vagina has been cut off.
Her leg had also been brutally amputated.
The murder case, which caused a lot of commotion and anger in the village, was dubbed by locals as the most heinous crime ever committed in Etunda Village since independence.
Ambambi Armas (34), Joel Kondjashili (23) and Hans Maharero (38) were all arrested and charged with murder, rape and robbery shortly after the killing.
All three men have pleaded not guilty of murder.
Armas pleaded guilty to rape and robbery, Kondjashili pleaded guilty to robbery and Maharero pleaded not guilty to all three charges.
According to family, Fillemon was visiting her family in the Uukwamatsi village near Okahao at the time of her murder.
Her mother, Elizabeth Iileka told Informanté that her daughter was on her way to her shebeen during the early morning hours to drop off some goods when she disappeared.
It is further alleged that the accused attacked her, stole a N$10 note and her cell phone then proceeded to gang raped her before brutally murdering her.
Although the suspects have made several appearances at the Okahao Magistrate Court, Fillemon’s family claim the arm of the law is delaying her final justice.
“We are unhappy with the way the case is being handled because it is taking too long to finalise. We were promised that the case would be concluded earlier this year,” one family member said.
Matters were worsened by the fact that Fillemon’s severed body parts are still missing and little has been done to get the suspects to confess their whereabouts.
“Once we recover her body parts, like her leg and tongue, we will be able to completely move on and leave the rest for judgment. But right now, we are still being haunted,” another family member said.