Roads, bars claim more lives

27 November 2018 | Crime

Four men were arrested at the weekend after two AK-47 assault rifles and ammunition were found in their car at a roadblock near Otjiwarongo.

According to the latest crime bulletin, the suspects were driving in a Toyota Yaris which was stopped and searched.

The police found the weapons and ammunition hidden under the car seats and arrested all four occupants on charges of illegal possession of automatic weapons and ammunition.

Police at the coast are investigating the death of a Spanish sailor, Gonzalez Perez Jesus (46), who died in what is believed to be a freak accident on Sunday morning.

Jesus, who was the owner and captain of the fishing vessel Nuevo Rumbo Algeciras anchored off the coast of Namibia, was apparently speaking to his wife on the phone when he fell from the upper deck, cracking his skull upon landing about four metres below.

Rehoboth resident Willem Petrus Eichab (35) died on the spot after being stabbed in the chest on Friday night. Police are still hunting for the suspect.

On the same night, Nambinga Benhard, who was at a bar with his girlfriend, was stabbed by a man who immediately fled and is still at large.

A case of culpable homicide is being investigated after a pedestrian was run over by a Volkswagen Golf on the main road between Oshakati and Omungwelume on Sunday.

A 37-year-old Namibian man was arrested on Saturday afternoon at a service station in Karibib and charged with reckless and or negligent driving, drunken driving and refusal to take a sobriety test.

Police say the man, who was driving a Toyota bakkie and appeared to be intoxicated, crashed into a Scania truck.

A 30-year-old passenger sustained injuries while the driver was unharmed.

The suspect was scheduled to appear before the local magistrate's court yesterday.

The police have also charged a man who crashed into a pedestrian while he was allegedly fleeing from two would-be robbers near a Khorixas bar early Saturday morning.

The suspect was charged with reckless or negligent driving.

The pedestrian, a 39-year-old man, suffered a broken leg and was admitted to hospital in a stable condition.

Five suicides were reported to the police over the weekend, including that of a 13-year-old boy in Katutura.

JANA-MARI SMITH

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