Man shot dead while chasing thief

23 July 2019 | Crime

A 27-year-old man died on Friday in Rundu, after he was shot in the back while pursuing a thief who had stolen his colleague's cellphone.

Joseph Elago was declared dead later that night, after being rushed to the Rundu state hospital. The police report said Elago and a female colleague were in the vicinity of the Ndama service station when a thief grabbed her cellphone and ran. Elago immediately chased after the thief, but when he caught up with the suspect, another man, believed to be an accomplice, shot him in the back.

The shooter managed to grab the cellphone and ran away. To date, no suspects have been arrested and police investigations continue.

The police are investigating a drowning in Groot Aub, after a baby girl, Julia Ndakondjelapo Kakondo, drowned in a vat of home-brewed tombo.

The incident took place on Saturday afternoon. It is alleged the little girl “walked over the 25-litre plastic container that was dug into the ground, and left open”.

She was 16 months old.

The police arrested a 16-year-old boy on Friday afternoon in the Ohangwena Region, based on allegations that he raped a six-year-old girl.

The police say the incident allegedly took place at Omungwelume village.

The 16-year-old allegedly came across the young girl while she was walking home from school. He “chased her and dragged her into the bush and raped her”, the police report said.

The police are also investigating a case of arson, read together with the Combating of Domestic Violence Act, after a man “used a match stick to set a traditional hut on fire”, on Friday morning at Ruzaza village.

It is unclear whether anyone sustained injuries during the blaze. The suspect has not been arrested. A manhunt has been launched in the wake of three trial-awaiting prisoners escaping from the Henties Bay police cells on Saturday afternoon.

The police report said on Saturday, at around 17:00, the prisoners cut open a cell burglar bar, in addition to bars on the roof. They managed to escape through the roof.

The men are Johny Nuseb (19), who was in custody on a charge of rape, Josef Ganaseb (24), who was in custody on charges of rape and assault, and Andreas David (21), who was under arrest for robbery.

The Mariental police are searching for two suspects accused of rape at the town over the weekend.

In one incident, a 23-year-old woman reported she was raped in the back of a taxi by an unknown man, while an accomplice sat in the front of the car.

Another woman (26) reported she was attacked and raped in the early hours of Saturday in a riverbed. The police say investigations are underway and the search for the suspects continues.

JANA-MARI SMITH

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