Panga attack leaves woman fighting for her life

01 February 2019 | Crime

A 26-year-old pregnant woman is fighting for her life after being beaten with a panga, allegedly by her boyfriend.

Riana Au-khumes, who is six months pregnant, was rushed to a Windhoek hospital after the attack on Wednesday.

The incident happened about 20 kilometres outside Outjo on the Otjiwarongo road. Au-khumes sustained injuries to her head, neck and body.

According to Otjozondjupa regional police spokesperson, Warrant Officer Maureen Mbeha, they arrested a 31-year-old suspect. “According to the information received, her boyfriend picked her up at her house in Outjo and they drove 20 kilometres towards Otjiwarongo. He then started assaulting her and chopped her with a panga. She is heavily wounded,” Mbeha said.

“He then left her there, bleeding to death. Fortunately she was rescued and then rushed to the Outjo hospital by those who found her. She was later transferred to a Windhoek hospital.”

Mbeha said the boyfriend was found on a farm along the Outjo-Otjiwarongo gravel road, after his vehicle ran out of fuel. She said he is expected to appear in court today. “Until now we do not know the motive behind the attack, as the suspect is only saying he does not know what came over him. The police investigation continues,” Mbeha said. In a separate incident, an elderly man who was on his way from Katima Mulilo to Swakopmund, died in accident on Wednesday.

Josef Adriaan Lukas Viviers (74) was driving a white Nissan Hardbody and when he got to Otjiwarongo he lost control of the bakkie and collided with another vehicle.

“He proceeded to bump into two other vehicles, which were parked. He went further and hit a building. When the emergency team and police arrived at scene he was pronounced died. “The police are investigating what transpired,” Mbeha added.


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