By Confidente Reporter
A Walvis Bay woman, 35-year-old Kula Shekupe, was brutally stabbed several times with a broken beer bottle in her face and chest, allegedly by her cousin’s husband last Saturday.
Shockingly, her alleged tormentor, Jeffrey Victor, was granted N$6 000 bail during his first court appearance on Monday.
To add salt to injury, the suspect took to social media, ridiculing the bail amount as “peanuts”. He also said that Shekupe deserved the attack.
The alleged attacker has been charged with assault.
The fact that the State did not oppose bail has raised eyebrows, especially in the midst of unabated violence epidemic against women and children in the country.
Narrating the events that led to the attack, Shekupe told Confidente this week that it all started when her aunt casually told her cousin, Monica Victor, that she and her husband should move out of their deceased grandmother’s house and find their own accommodation.
“Monica blamed me for that conversation. I was seated outside with a friend on Saturday, when she arrived in a cab. She had beer in her hand and poured it on me. So we started fighting and at some point I overpowered her,” Shekupe narrated.
It was at that point that an angry Jeffrey reportedly emerged from the house, grabbed the beer bottle, broke it and allegedly stabbed Shekupe several times.
“He stabbed me in the face and chest several times. While he was stabbing me he was shouting saying that he will kill me and that nothing will happen to him. By the time an uncle and aunt came to get him off me, it was too late,” Shekupe said.
Her attacker, his wife and friends took to Facebook this week to boast. His (Jeffrey) friends claimed on Facebook that he had paid N$5 000 bail and N$1 000 fine, which was later refuted by the prosecutor in his case.
“A well-known wild local drama queen, attention-seeker finally got what she deserves. Face brutally beaten, wounded and ruined.
“N$5000 bail plus N$1 000 fine = peanuts. Glory be to God, haters will always be around. It takes a loving couple to overcome such nonsense,” Jeffrey’s friends said in a Facebook post.
Another post reads: “I wonder, shall you ever upload your latest pics of your deformed face or will you just be uploading your old pic again. Prove me wrong! You have learned your lesson. Reporting live from Walvis Bay Hospital.”
Asked why Jeffrey was not denied bail, Walvis Bay Magistrate’s Court prosecutor, Sylvia Kauluma, said that it was because the complainant failed to file a bail objection statement.
Kauluma also said that investigations will determine whether or not the charge will be changed from assault to attempted murder.
“The complainant did not file a bail objection statement. This is when she lists reasons or provides evidence as to why the suspect should not be granted bail. When I spoke to her, she did not mention that the suspect is her cousin’s husband,” Kauluma said.
“She also said that she does not live in the same house as the couple, so it was not viewed a case of domestic violence, but treated as an assault case. Without all that, I had nothing to work with to oppose bail.”
Human rights lawyer Norman Tjombe said because the couple is intimidating Shekupe on social media, the suspect’s bail should be revoked.
“That can’t be just normal assault. That is attempted murder, alternatively assault with intention to do grievous bodily harm. The fact that they continue with their intimidation on social media is perhaps good reason why bail should be revoked,” he said.
Shocked by the incident, Swapo Party Women Council (SPWC) Secretary, Eunice Ipinge, said that new approaches were needed to tackle incidents of such a nature.
“As the SPWC, we are tired of hearing about such cases. We need new approaches of dealing with cases of this magnitude. We need to do something else. Communities should be involved in such matters, to shame the perpetrators. Perpetrators should know that not only are they hurting their victims, but the victim’s family and the whole community.”
Asked to give her account on what transpired, an agitated Monica said, “Why must I comment about these things in the newspapers? Speak to Kula and write whatever she says, because she says whatever she wants.”
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