A teacher in Namibia has been accused of hacking her disabled adult daughter to death and then burning her body on a barbecue.
The charred remains of 26-year-old Magdalena Nunyango Amunyoko, who was born with a condition that restricted her body functions, were found by her brother on Saturday morning.
She was allegedly murdered at her home in the town of Ongwediva in northern Namibia, which she shared with her mother.
The victim’s mother, a teacher who works at the nearby Shapwa Combined School, was arrested and admitted to the Oshakati Intermediate Hospital’s psychiatric ward. She is receiving treatment there for the time being.
The Namibian reported that the victim’s wheelchair, along with household appliances and newspapers, were also found burned near to the barbecue. Neighbors reported that the victim’s mother had been acting strangely on the day of the murder and was seen collecting items from inside her house to burn.
One of the neighbour told reporters, ‘That woman has been acting strangely of late and that day (Friday), we saw her through the windows packing her TV sets and decoders but we just thought she was moving out of the house or something and we could not ask her because she had not spoken to us for some months.”
The victim’s brother came to the family home after he grew suspicious of his mother’s behaviour and having searched the property, found his sister’s remains behind the house. The victim was reportedly raised by her grandmother in the village of Okakukaumbe-Okando in the Omusati Region, but went to live with her mother at a later date.
It still remains to be seen what action will be taken against the suspect, who clearly was not in her right mind at the time when she brutally murdered her daughter. The police investigation into the incident is ongoing.