Death row inmate pins hopes on intoxication, immaturity

Sam Thindimba (Khakhi shirt) PIC: INNOCENT SELATLWA
Sam Thindimba (Khakhi shirt) PIC: INNOCENT SELATLWA

A 33-year-old double murder and robbery convict, Sam Thindimba of Maun, is hoping his drinking alcohol and youthful exuberance would be reason enough for him to escape the 'hangman’s noose'. Maun High Court judge, Godfrey Nthomiwa in July 2022 slapped Thindimba with two death sentences for the brutal murder of his former employers—a German couple at their farmhouse in Makalamabedi East in December 2016.

Thindimba is said to have on December 11, 2016, murdered 52-year-old Ulrich Oehl by hacking him on the head with a bush pick. He also killed 52-year-old Gisela Heike by hacking her on the head with a bush pick and stabbing her with a knife in the neck.

On the third count, the accused person was found guilty of robbing the deceased persons of their properties which included two Nokia cell phones, two tablets, a Lenovo laptop, a red cooler box, rifle, cash, and a Land Cruiser vehicle amongst other items.

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