THE man found guilty of having raped and murdered the manager of a tourist lodge near Etosha National Park eight years ago, was sentenced to an effective prison term of 47 years yesterday.
In the absence of remorse on the part of the convicted Jesaya Nicanor, and in light of Nicanor's persistence in proclaiming his innocence in the face of overwhelming evidence to the contrary, the court was clearly dealing with someone unwilling to accept responsibility for his actions and as a result with an increased risk of reoffending, judge Christie Liebenberg commented during Nicanor's sentencing.
He added that this placed Nicanor in the category of people who were a danger to society.
Nicanor carried out a cowardly and brutal attack on a defenceless woman in the safety of her home, judge Liebenberg noted. There were strong indicators that the attack on the late Fiona Holton was premeditated, he also said. Holton, who appeared to have been taken by surprise when she was attacked in the house where she lived at Etosha Safari Camp close to Etosha National Park's Anderson Gate, “simply stood no chance against her attacker”, judge Liebenberg further remarked.
Holton (52), who was a manager at Etosha Safari Camp, was killed in her staff house at the lodge south of Okaukuejo between the evening of 20 September 2008 and the afternoon of the next day.
Colleagues of Holton found her on the afternoon of 21 September 2008, where she lay dead on the floor of her bedroom in the house into which she had moved only days earlier. She was found partly naked, and had died as a result of head injuries.
Nicanor (41) had worked in Holton's house on 18 and 19 September 2008, when he installed air conditioners in the house. He was arrested at the lodge almost a week after the killing of Holton.
Judge Liebenberg convicted Nicanor of rape and murder on the basis of damning DNA evidence that linked him to Holton and a sexual attack on her, and testimony about remarks he had made about Holton having been murdered at a time when she had not yet been found dead.
The judge commented during the sentencing that it seemed reasonable to infer Holton had been killed as a result of the rape since she knew Nicanor, and therefore must have recognised her attacker. Holton paid with her life so that Nicanor could satisfy his sexual urges – a fact that in itself justified severe punishment, judge Liebenberg said.
Nicanor is a first-time offender, is the father of 17 children born from 14 different mothers, and has also fathered a pair of twins who are yet to be born, defence lawyer Mese Tjituri informed the court when he addressed the judge with presenting arguments on Nicanor's behalf six weeks ago.
This “seems to suggest that he is no stranger to the art of courting”, and that there was no need for him to have committed the crimes he was convicted of solely for the purpose of satisfying his sexual needs, judge Liebenberg commented.
He sentenced Nicanor to a 40-year prison term for murder and 17 years' imprisonment for rape. He ordered that 10 years of the prison term on the rape charge should run concurrently with the 40-year sentence.
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