Man kills friend over cellphone

05 July 2021 | Crime

TUYEIMO HAIDULA



OSHAKATI

A 30-year-old man is on the run after he allegedly stabbed his friend to death over a cellphone on Saturday at Ondjondjo shebeen in the Okatana area.

The Oshana police are requesting for public assistance in arresting the suspect who is known, but fled the crime scene.

Inspector Thomas Aiyambo, the spokesperson of the Oshana police, said the incident happened at around 22h00 on Saturday.

He said the deceased - who cannot be named as his next of kin have yet to be informed - was stabbed with a knife three times on his head and the neck and was found with a cut to his left arm.

Aiymabo said the men got into an argument regarding a phone they traded. “They conflicted due to unsettled payments by the deceased. Both live at Ondjondjo village. The suspect’s date of birth is not yet confirmed,” he said.

Contravening regulations

He added that a case was also opened against Ondjondjo shebeen owner for contravening Covid-19 regulations and selling alcohol to the deceased, the suspect and others.

Aiyambo urged the public to adhere to the regulations.

If the owner hadn’t illegally opened his bar, the murder incident would not have happened, he said. “We are appealing to the Namibian nation to respect the law and comply with the Covid-19 regulations at all times. We will not compromise with lawless citizens who are not following the rules for curbing the spread of Covid-19 within our societies,” he said.

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