Man hangs himself after ­killing girlfriend

14 January 2020 | Crime

A 31-year-old woman was hacked to death with an axe by her 33-year-old boyfriend at Leonardville last Sunday, after which he committed suicide.

According to the police, the man allegedly hacked his girlfriend with an axe several times on her head and face following an argument. She succumbed to her injuries at a local clinic. The man then apparently fled into nearby bushes behind a cemetery where he was found hanging from a tree. A suicide note, dated 5 January, was also found amongst his personal belongings.

Both the man and his girlfriend were employed at a nearby farm in Leonardville. They were identified as Tsunelde Elmery Garunas and Frans Afrikaner.

In another incident last Friday at Karasburg, a 26-year-old woman was gang-raped by her 32-year-old boyfriend and his friend. It is alleged that she went to her boyfriend's home after drinking with her sister at a local bar. She apparently fell asleep and when she woke up, her boyfriend was raping her, while his friend held her down.

They took turns raping her. Both suspects have been arrested.

In a separate incident last Saturday in the Tsumkwe area, a 39-year-old man was arrested on allegations that he raped a two-year-old girl. The rape apparently occurred in her parents' home. Both the suspect and victim were taken to the Mangetti Clinic for medical examination.

Meanwhile, a 22-year-old man last Sunday sexually violated a five-year-old girl at Farm Stink Water in the Windhoek District. It is alleged that the man and the girl's mother were drinking in her bedroom. The mother then apparently went outside, leaving her daughter alone with the man. A few seconds later, she heard her daughter crying. According to the police, when the mother returned, she found her daughter's private parts bleeding.

The suspect was arrested and was found in possession of dagga valued at N$20. Furthermore, at least six people were reported to have drowned last weekend. At Onambaba village in Omungwelume, a 10-year-old boy drowned in an earth dam last Friday when he and some other children went swimming. He has been identified as Fillemon Tangitate Ngoloti.

Two children aged six and 12 also drowned in an earth dam when they were swimming at Endola village last Friday. Apparently, Tomas Helao Kambalala was trying to rescue Mathias Sheefeni Shikomba, but drowned too.

At Ongwediva, 57-year-old Hilya Petrus drowned last Saturday in a water pond inside her yard at her house. No foul play is suspected.

In another incident last Sunday at Okambonde village in Oniipa, 18-year-old Wanailonga Jesaya Tangeni drowned in a water pan while swimming with two friends.

At Onjandjo village in Okaku, Timoteus N Mwaxauulange, 53, drowned in an earth dam.

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