Five suspects to appear for Otjiwarongo murder
08 June 2020 | Crime
Five suspects - four from a security company and one shop employee - are set to appear in the Otjiwarongo Magistrate’s Court today in connection with the brutal assault of a street vendor who later died from his injuries.
Two of the suspects were arrested on Saturday afternoon in the Rooidag area of the Otjozondjupa Region following a police manhunt.
The two men had been on the run for several days after the alleged assault on a 43-year-old Zambian street vendor at the Savemore Etemba Plaza Supermarket in Otjiwarongo on Wednesday.
According to the police the deceased had allegedly stolen a bottle of glue from the supermarket. This apparently led to the assault.
Tanja Bause reports from Otjiwarongo that the street vendor, known as Casper, walked about 200 metres after the assault to the main road and eventually collapsed in front of a hair salon.
"He stumbled from pillar to pillar and held himself upright against them. A vehicle was standing on the sidewalk and held on to the back of the car. I told my colleague there was a very drunk man in the street. He fell in front of the salon. He had a plastic bag with him that he pushed under his head and he was just lying there, ” a witness said.
She went inside to fetch her cellphone to make a video.
“When I got outside again, I saw he got up and collapsed on the yellow line in the road. He was lying in the road and my colleague and I wanted to drag him out of the way because we were afraid that vehicles or trucks would drive over him."
Casper later died of his injuries in a local hospital.
Deputy Commissioner Kauna Shikwambi said the suspects are expected to appear in court today.
“The police wish to thank all members of the public that assisted and contributed to the apprehension of the suspects,” she said.