State House official commits suicide

16 April 2019 | Crime

A State House official allegedly committed suicide by shooting himself with a pistol in his vehicle at the Midgard Country Estate yesterday.

He was identified as Reinhold Namupala, who was employed as a deputy director at State House.

The spokesperson of the Namibian Police, Deputy Commissioner Edwin Kanguatjivi, confirmed the incident to Namibian Sun.

He said Namupala's body was discovered in his vehicle at Midgard early yesterday morning. It is suspected that he had committed suicide during the night.

Kanguatjivi said no suicide note was found and investigations were continuing. In other crime news, a 25-year-old man allegedly tried to kill his baby at Keetmanshoop, three teenage girls were raped at Aranos, and a man in Windhoek's Okuryangava residential area allegedly murdered his wife by disembowelling her.

According to the police a 38-year-old teacher from People's Primary School was arrested for the woman's murder after he handed himself over to the police.

The incident occurred on Friday in Okuryangava, after the couple had an argument.

The police say the man stabbed his wife in the abdomen. She was rushed to Katutura State Hospital and later transferred to Windhoek Central Hospital, where she died on Saturday. The deceased was identified as Merentha Geingos, a teacher at A.I. Steenkamp Primary School.

At Keetmanshoop, a 25-year-old former police officer allegedly tried to kill his four-month-old baby at the Ileni location on Friday.

The man allegedly put the baby between his legs and squeezed the baby after the mother had told him that the baby was not his.

The baby receiving treatment in hospital and police investigations are continuing.

At Aranos, a 15-year-old girl was raped at Nuwerus location on Friday night. An 18-year-boy has been arrested.

Another girl, 14, was raped in the same area on Friday. A 15-year-old boy was arrested.

On Saturday, a third teenage girl, aged 15, was raped at the Saamstaan location at Aranos. No suspect has been arrested.

In the north, a man's body was discovered in the NamWater canal at Oshiputusheendjamba village in the Outapi constituency on Friday. The body was wrapped in clothing and weighted down with a brick. Police have not yet identified the man.

Two people were killed in an accident on the gravel road between Okahandja and Ovitoto on Saturday. According to the police a double-cab bakkie left the road and overturned. The deceased were identified as Hennie van Heerden, 48, and Bernice Kotze, 11. Two other passengers were admitted to the Okahandja hospital.

In another accident early yesterday morning, a 36-year-old man was killed in a collision on Monte Christo Road in Windhoek's Hakahana area. The deceased was identified as Jona Tuyoleni Muulila. The driver of one of the cars was arrested on a charge of drunk driving.

ELLANIE SMIT