Aunt burns nephews’ hands ‘to teach them a lesson’

08 September 2021 | Justice

TUYEIMO HAIDULA



OSHAKATI

Oshikoto police placed two minors in a shelter at Onandjokwe after they survived burn wounds inflicted by their aunt last week.

The children are physically recovering from the incident. For emotional care, they have been placed in the care of social workers, Oshikoto police spokesperson, inspector Ellen Nehale, said.

She said Hileni Ndahekelekwa Simon (26) allegedly burned the two children - aged five and six - to teach them a lesson after she found them playing with fire at their village home in the Onankali area.

Simon appeared in the Ondangwa Magistrate’s Court on Monday on two charges of child abuse and assault with the aim to cause grievous bodily harm.

Court records show that she was released on a warning because she is breastfeeding a four-month-old baby, who had been placed under the care of social workers after Simon’s arrest.

She was told not to contact the victims or their guardians. Simon was also informed to fetch her belongings and relocate from the village.

Serious injuries

Nehale said it is alleged that the suspect beat the victims and burnt them on their hands with fire, causing serious injuries with open wounds.

She said it is further alleged that the suspect was out of the house and left the two victims alone. When she got back home, she found them surrounding the fire at the traditional kitchen.

“The suspect was unhappy with the victims, got angry and assaulted them with her hands, held their hands and put them on the fire and burned them. The suspect kept the victims in the house without taking them to hospital until the neighbours tipped off the police,” Nehale said.

She added that the victims’ parents were traced immediately and the victims have received medical care.

Simon doubles as the victims’ caretaker.

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