RUNDU: The Prosecutor- General will decide on the case of the 21-year-old woman accused of killing the baby of another woman by slitting her throat at the Ruuga village in the Kavango Region last year, on 20 November this year.
Veronika Nehepo Sangotjo appeared before Rundu Magistrate Victor Nyazo on Friday who told him that her case is being postponed to November for Prosecutor-General’s decision.
During her earlier appearance on 04 April this year, Sangotjo pleaded not guilty to a charge of murder.
The 21 year-old woman was arrested by the Namibian Police Force (NamPol) on 29 December 2011 on suspicion of killing the baby of another woman on the same day.
The two women were said to be involved with a man who had fathered children with both of them.
The accused woman was remanded in custody, as the crime she is accused of is serious, and it would thus not be in the interest of justice for her to be released on bail.
Sangotjo was represented by Gloria Situmbeko of Kwala and Company Incorporated.
According to a summary of facts, the baby’s 17-year-old mother found her one-month-old daughter lying in a pool of blood after her throat had been slit with a sharp object at the Ruuga village in the Kapako Constituency.
The village is situated some 30 kilometres west of Rundu.
The two women allegedly had a heated argument the previous day, and during the argument, Sangotjo reportedly threatened to kill the younger woman’s baby.
The next day at around 05h00, the 17-year-old woman left her baby sleeping in her hut while she went to the Okavango River to fetch water, and upon her return, found the infant lying in a pool of blood with her throat slit.
The baby was laid to rest on 04 January 2012 at the Ruuga village, during which a demonstration was held by community members who condemned this brutal murder.