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  • State v. Abraham Alfeus, Namibia, High Court of Namibia. Main Division, Windhoek, 2013.
    Abraham Alfeus was convicted of murder with direct intent after admitting to shooting his intimate partner twice with a shotgun. The presiding judge, Naomi Shivute, read the ruling citing provisions of the Domestic Violence Act, Act 4 of 2003 and sentenced Alfeus to 30 years in prison. In the ruling Shivute stressed a need for stiffer sentences in response to extremely high levels of domestic violence against women and children in Namibia; including that it was a matter of protecting the constitutional right for human dignity, the rights of the victim, and in the interest of society generally. The judge’s ruling was meant to deter future domestic violence offenders and is an important precedent in Namibia where domestic violence runs rampant but is rarely prosecuted.
  • Gaseb and Others v. State, Namibia, Supreme Court, 2000.
    The three appellants were each charged and convicted of multiple counts of rape and appeal on the question of whether it is permissible to charge each accused with assisting in the rape of the complainant so as to result in multiple counts of rape.  The Court upheld the appellants' convictions but noted that in cases of gang rape, each court should consider on a case by case basis if the complainant was the victim of repeated rapes. 
  • State v. Katamba, Namibia, Supreme Court, 1999.
    The State appeals the decision in the High Court to acquit the accused of all charges of rape and abduction of an 11 year old by taking her away from her guardian with the intent to have sexual intercourse with her.  The Court reversed the acquittal and found the accused guilty on the charges of rape and abduction and affirmed an earlier judgment that the cautionary rule discriminates against women in violation of the Constitution and should only be used at a judge's discretion in extreme cases where there is some valid reason to question a complainant's veracity