Axe-murder suspect to be extradited

30 August 2019 | Crime

The government is yet to request its Angolan counterpart to extradite a man wanted by the police in connection with a murder at Sikali village in Kavango West about two weeks ago.

The suspect fled to Angola after allegedly hacking Naimi Ngambo Kalenga (23) to death with an axe.

Police chief Sebastian Ndeitunga said the suspect was arrested in Angola.

Ndeitunga said an extradition request would be sent through the ministry of justice once all the necessary paperwork was in order.

He could not say how long it would take before the suspect would appear in a Namibian court.

“We are just preparing our request, which will be sent to Angola when it is ready through our ministry of justice so that the suspect can be extradited to Namibia,” Ndeitunga said.

Namibia and Angola do not have a bilateral extradition agreement, but Ndeitunga said they would be guided by the Southern African Development Community (SADC) and African Union (AU) protocols on extradition.

The murder was committed early in the morning of 16 August.

According to Nikolaus Kupembona, the acting regional crime investigation coordinator, the suspect was in a relationship with the victim and they had three children.

The suspect allegedly struck her several times on the head and arms with a traditional axe and she died on the spot.

Before fleeing the scene, the suspect allegedly used the same axe to strike the left shoulder of the victim's mother when she approached the shack where the screams were coming from.

A case of murder and assault with intent to cause grievous bodily harm was opened against the suspect.

KENYA KAMBOWE

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