NDF troops accused of assault

16 July 2019 | Crime

The Chinese owner of Alfa Construction Company at Ongwediva lost N$700 000 after his business partner allegedly transferred the money from the business bank account.

The police's weekly crime report indicates that the suspect has not yet been arrested. Five men, aged 24, 38, 43, 49 and 63, were allegedly assaulted by members of the Namibia Defence Force at Farm Etiro near Karibib on Thursday morning. The police say the men were beaten up after they had refused to remove their cattle from the farm. Charges of assault with intent to do grievous bodily harm and malicious damage to property are being investigated.

A girl, aged seven, was raped at Kasivi village near Kahenge last Thursday. According to the police a 27-year-old man was arrested and has appeared before the local Magistrate's Court.

On Friday, another girl, aged 15, was raped in Block E at Rehoboth. A 21-year-old suspect was arrested.

“The suspect, who is apparently a friend to the victim, invited her to accompany him to his residence and raped her there,” the police report says.

Two murders took place on 11 July. The first was at Farm Eastwood in the Outjo district where Ronald Bock, 21, was hacked in the head with a panga. The attacker is not known to the police and investigations continue.

In the second case, two cattle herders in the Brakwater area saw a man lying in the veld. “They assumed he was drunk and proceeded to graze their cattle,” the police said. When the herders returned the next morning, they found the man lying the same place and in the same position. They took a closer look and found that he was dead. A knife was found next to the body. The police are asking the public to help identify the deceased.

At Okongo, the solar pump of a public borehole supplying farmers with water was stolen on Thursday. The police have asked members of the public to come forward if they know anything about the theft.

Several cases of theft and housebreaking have been reported in the Erongo Region.

The Markhams clothing store in Walvis Bay was burgled on Thursday night. The shop window in the central business district was smashed to gain entrance.

The thieves got away with clothes valued at N$208 800. The stolen items consist of 120 pairs of Relay jeans, 42 pairs of Levi jeans and 70 Levi tops. There have been no arrests.

A suspect was arrested after he forced open a garage door with an unknown object and stole a gazebo valued at N$15 000. The incident occurred on Friday at around 02:00 at Bank Bic in Walvis Bay.

Schonfeld Guest Farm near Omaruru was robbed in the early hours of Saturday morning, with the thieves getting away with computers, electronic equipment and cash. A house was burgled at Elim in the Oshikuku area. Goods worth about N$43 000 were stolen.

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