Pastor arrested for kidnapping boy

Accidents, stabbings and rapes were among the crimes recorded over the past few days.

12 November 2019 | Crime

A 13-year-old boy was rescued when a 39-year-old man was arrested in Windhoek on Friday for his kidnapping.

According to the police the man, who is allegedly a pastor of the 'Holy Ghost Fire Ministry', allegedly kidnapped the boy from Kuisebmond in Walvis Bay on 4 November.

The boy is a learner at the Immanuel Ruiters Primary School in Kuisebmond.

According to the police, the boy was rescued and taken to a police safe haven.

In another incident on Friday at Oshamba village in the Oniipa area, a 27-year-old woman was stabbed, allegedly by her boyfriend. The suspect was arrested.

In a separate incident in Wanaheda on Friday, a 29-year-old woman was raped. It is alleged that the suspect assaulted the woman and raped her in her bedroom. The suspect is still on the run, but is apparently known to the police.

At Nomtsoub a 19-year-old boy was shot by a police officer on Saturday when a fight erupted at Pongos Lodge. It is alleged the victim attacked the suspect's friend and stole his phone after a fight erupted between them. This led to the shooting of the 19-year-old. He is reportedly in a stable condition at the Oshakati State Hospital.

In another incident on Saturday at Ndama location in the Rundu district, a shack caught fire and burned down, killing one woman while her son sustained serious burn wounds and was admitted to the Rundu State Hospital. The cause of the fire is still unknown. The deceased was identified as 36-year-old Helena Mate Katanga.

On Sunday at Mururani a bus carrying 21 passengers collided with a truck. One passenger was killed in the accident and five others were injured. The injured were taken to Rundu State Hospital by an ambulance. The deceased is a Belgian national.

In another incident at Onandjaba, a 40-year-old Chinese national hit a pedestrian on the on Omafo-Okalongo road. The 77-year-old Johanna Thomas died instantly. She was from Ohongo village in the Etayi constituency of the Omusati Region.

Ambulance hits cow

Three state patients from Otavi survived an accident with slight injuries yesterday, after a health ministry ambulance hit a cow on the Otavi-Otjiwarongo B1 road.

Otjozondjupa police spokesperson Inspector Maureen Mbeha said the accident occurred about 13 kilometres north of Otjiwarongo at around 05:50.

The three patients, aged between 15 and 60, are all from the Otavi district. Mbeha said the patients were being transported from the Otavi health centre and a nearby farm to the Otjiwarongo state hospital, where they were also taken shortly after the accident.

“They sustained slight injuries after their ambulance hit the cow and overturned once,” said Mbeha. The cow died. The 29-year-old ambulance driver and a nurse, who was attending to the patients, escaped the accident unhurt.

Mbeha cautioned farmers in the region to keep their livestock in enclosures away from public roads. -Additional reporting by Nampa

ELLANIE SMIT

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