The accused further said he has remorse for what he did. He feels bad about it and recognises that what he did, cannot be undone. He asked the Court to show him mercy.
 Ms Kishi requested the Court to take his personal circumstances and especially his state of health, into account for the purpose of sentence together with the other interests which she concedes call for a severe sentence. She cited from previous cases by the Namibian High Court where a wife or girlfriend was killed by the husband or boyfriend using a dangerous weapon, where the sentences ranged from 18 to 20 years imprisonment and suggested that a sentence in that order be imposed.
 Ms Jacobs argued that the accused will be treated for his illness in prison and that at least for the past 2½ years, while he was in custody awaiting trial, the accused’s children were in fact cared for by either his grandmother, family or their respective mothers. She submitted that society would demand that the accused be severely punished for committing such brutal and heinous deed. She referred the Court to a recent judgment by Mainga, J the case of S v Stanley Danster where the girlfriend of the accused died of 12 panga wounds. He was sentenced to 35 years.
 In considering what an appropriate sentence for the accused should be, the Court considers the elements of retribution, prevention, deterrence and reformation or rehabilitation and attempts to incorporate a combination thereof in the sentence to be imposed. Furthermore, a balance of the circumstances relating to the accused, the crime and society, coupled with a blend of mercy is the aim that the Court’s attempts to achieve when imposing an appropriate sentence. (S v Zinn 1969 (2) SA 537 (A) and S v Rabie 1975 (4) SA 855 (A)).
 The offence that the accused has committed cannot be otherwise described, namely as brutal and heinous. I also believe that the accused planned to kill the deceased and that is the reason why he took his panga to a wake. I do believe that there was some provocation, because the deceased quarrelled with him before she left, 2 days prior to the incident and again when he walked with her and told him she may not return to him. However, such provocation can never justify any retaliation of using a weapon to assault her. The accused in reality chopped her to death. He inflicted 12 wounds on her, although most then on her bare hands when she attempted to defend herself with her bare hands. I reject his version of the accidental killing and the manner in which he described it. The several wounds the doctor found on her hands indicate several cuts. Apart from this he used the panga to chop at her at least 3 times. She had chop wounds on her left hand, against her head and her throat was cut from ear to ear severing all the main arteries, so causing her death. This indicates at least 3 different chopping wounds delivered to a defenceless woman with a baby with her. This action was in my opinion inhuman and cannot be tolerated in any civilised society.
 This brings me to the interest of the society. It has frequently been said by our Courts that offences where men resort to dangerous weapons to dissolve household disputes are not to be tolerated by society and that society demands that such offenders be severely punished by the Courts. In the cases referred to by both counsel, husbands or boyfriends stabbed or cut their partners by using knives or pangas. Despite sentences of long term imprisonment, these type of offences still continue. The Court, as an instrument of society, has the responsibility to impose a visible and balanced punishment, and for this accused it will be a long term of imprisonment for this type of crime.
 The elements of punishment have been referred to above. The aspect of retribution should not be over-emphasised, but the offender should experience by the sentence imposed that he is punished. It has been said that from the side of the offender retribution amounts to the atonement for his crime through the punishment which he receives. From the side of the community it amounts to an “emphatic denunciation” of the offender and his crime and the infliction of pain to the degree he deserves. By serving his sentence it is regarded that his debt to society has been paid. (Du Toit - Straf in Suid Afrika, 1st edition, page 103). If the punishment is too lenient, he is not “hurt” as this element of retribution has been described.
In S v Ndlovu 1969 (2) SA 230 (R), Young, J said: