the case in which 53-year old Leevi Stefanus who is charged with attempted murder CR248/04/2012 after he slashed his biological daughter Sofia Stefanus (22) with a panga on the head resumed on Wednesday at the Oshakati Magistrate Court.
Stefanus, a resident of Oshoopala Informal Settlement, at Oshakati is facing charges of attempted murder after he attempted to kill his own daughter when she wouldn’t give in to his sexual advances.
The incident happened on 23 April 2012.
Stefanus appeared before Magistrate Helen Ekandjo and was remanded in custody with his case pushed to 5 March 2013.
According to Sofia, who testified against her father in court, Stefanus, who usually spent his evenings boozing at the locations cuca shop, would often come home and try to sexually assault her.
She said he would often quarrel with her for no good reason and wake her up at any given time whenever he came.
“That evening, he found me sleeping and he tried to wake me up. I pretended to not hear him and I continued sleeping. He grabbed the blankets from the bed and pulled off the mattress while I was lying on it so I got up.
“Later, he chased me out and he also threw my clothes out. I had nowhere to go so I went to the police station where I reported the issue.
“Nothing was done though so I was told to go back home and I did,” said Sofia who resided alone with her father.
She said she moved her things back into the house; however her father returned and kicked her out again when she still continued to refuse his advances.
While outside with nowhere to go, she was surprised to see her father chasing her with a panga.
“I started to run and he threw the panga at me slashing me on the head. I fell down and he came at me again, picked his panga and slashed at my head again. I got up and ran to the neighbour’s house but my father came after me and we had to hide while the neighbours called the police,” she told the court.