Crime sours festive season

30 December 2019 | Crime

Several murders have been recorded so far over the festive period.

On Christmas Day at a residence in Willa-Fillies Street in Khomasdal a suspect fatally shot his girlfriend with a hunting rifle.

This was after the suspect and his girlfriend were travelling in a car, stopped at a traffic light and got into an argument with a taxi driver.

The suspect drove home after the argument and collected a hunting rifle. The girlfriend allegedly stopped him from going after the taxi driver and the two allegedly struggled for the rifle. During the scuffle a shot went off, killing the deceased instantly. A 31-year-old man has been arrested.

At about 21:15 on Christmas Day at Ozondanda location in Epukiro, a quarrel erupted between a suspect and a victim over a cigarette. The suspect took a knife and stabbed the victim in the chest causing his death.

Also on Christmas Day at about 23:00 in Okarundu Street in Wanaheda a suspect shot Elvis Eiseb (28), who died upon arrival at the Katutura State Hospital. His next of kin have been informed. The motive for the shooting is unknown and no arrests have been made.

On Family Day at about 04:00 at the Khomas Apartments Flats in Zanzibar Street in Otjomuise, a man fatally shot one of the three suspects who broke into his apartment. It is alleged that suspects broke into the apartment by forcing the door open and stole two laptops, clothes and food from the freezer.

The owner of the apartment was awoken by the noise. He allegedly fired a warning shot from his licenced shotgun and as the suspects were exiting with his goods, he fired another shot which fatally hit one of the suspects. The other two suspects fled with other items. No arrest has been made yet. Also on Family Day at about 10:30 in Omukunga Street in Hakahana, the lifeless body of Hilma Shigwedha (25) was found in her shack by family members. It is alleged that she was hit with a brick on the head and bled to death. The deceased's boyfriend, Vilbard Pandulani Shigwedha (29), who is a soldier was also found hanging from a tree between Ombili and Hakahana on the same day. It is believed that the suspect killed his girlfriend and then committed suicide.

A case of attempted murder was also reported on Family Day at Mukuvi village in the Kavango East Region at about 11:00 along Trans-Caprivi highway. A Toyota Fortuner overturned killing Ruth Joao (20) on the spot and seriously injuring the driver and five other passengers. The injured are in a critical condition at the Nyangana State Hospital. The next of kin were informed. Police investigations continue.

A 37-year-old man was arrested last Tuesday for allegedly stabbing his ex-girlfriend to death.

Nampol acting regional commander for Kunene, Deputy Commissioner Jaron Iita, told Nampa on Saturday that the suspect is on the run.

368 road crashes

Meanwhile, a total of 368 road crashes were recorded countrywide between 25 November and 25 December. This reflects a decline compared to the same period in 2018 which recorded 383 crashes.

Police spokesperson Kauna Shikwambi said the highest number of road crashes were recorded in the Khomas Region for both 2018 and 2019. The Otjozondjupa Region registered the highest road crash fatalities for both periods in 2018 and 2019. Nationally, fatalities dropped from 73 in 2018 to 46 this year for the period under review.

A slight decline in injuries was further recorded this year.


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