Girl killed by lightning

An 11-year-old girl was struck by lighting and three children drowned, while rapes and assaults were also reported.

25 February 2020 | Crime

An 11-year-old girl died after she was struck by lightning on Saturday at Onawa village in the Omusati Region.

Shilongo Aini, a learner at Kriopas Ndumeni Combined School, was struck while walking in a mahangu field.

In a separate incident on Friday at Outapi in the Omusati Region, a 17-month-old baby drowned in a bucket of oshikundu, a traditional drink.

The incident occurred at Okafitukasisia village and the deceased has been identified as Ndamono Aina Nangolo. Police investigations continue. In another incident at Eengonyo village in Eenhana, one-year-old Jackson Ndailikana Nghitotelwa was found dead after he drowned in a bucket of water. On Sunday an eight-year-old girl also drowned at Okaloko village in the Omusati Region.

It is alleged that Shoombe Wilbard Kondjeni Tangeni drowned in a water well while looking after cattle with other children. No foul play is suspected.

In another incident, a seven-year-old girl was repeatedly raped by her 18-year-old cousin at Omhito village in Eenhana. According to the police, the incident occurred between Thursday and Saturday in the Omundaungilo Constituency.

It is alleged that the girl's cousin found her looking after livestock in the afternoon at a grazing area, followed her and raped her.

The police said on one occasion he also found the girl sleeping in her bedroom and raped her. The girl and her cousin live in the same house.

He has since fled and has not been arrested.

In another incident at Karasburg, a 28-year-old woman was raped by a 49-year-old man on Saturday.

It is alleged that the man grabbed the woman from behind, held her down and raped her. The man has been arrested.

In a separate incident at Tsumeb on Friday, a 40-year-old farmworker was shot in the left leg when he stole maize from his 43-year-old employer.

The incident happened at Farm Mobai. The employer was arrested and the rifle he used was confiscated.

The farmworker was transported to the Tsumeb State Hospital where he was admitted in a stable condition.

In a separate incident on Sunday at the Oneshila location at Oshakati, a 30-year-old man sustained serious injuries after he was beaten with a metal object.

He was admitted at the Oshakati Intermediate Hospital in a critical condition. The suspect was not arrested.

On Sunday at Uutsathima village in the Omusati Region, it is alleged that a 34-year-old man also sustained serious injuries after he was beaten with a knobkierie several times on the head. He was admitted at the Oshakati Intermediate Hospital in a stable condition.

A 49-year-old Angolan suspect was arrested in connection with the assault.

Meanwhile, a 19-year-old was arrested on Saturday in Katutura's Damara Location for allegedly being found in possession of 265 kilograms of cannabis valued at N$5 300.

Cash amounting to N$1 634.90, believed to be the proceeds of crime, was also confiscated from the suspect.

ELLANIE SMIT

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