Three of four Swakop escapees arrested

20 February 2019 | Police

Detective Chief Inspector Daniel Gurirab of the Namibian police in the Erongo Region on Monday confirmed that three of the four Swakopmund police holding cell escapees were re-arrested in Angola on Sunday.

Mathias Nuujoma, 27, Ngenokesho Stefanus, 23, and Fabianus Lazarus, 26, were arrested at Oshihedi Sheengombe village in the Ondjiva area in Angola.

Daniel Stefanus Nghilifa, 28, is still at large, Gurirab said.

The four escaped from custody on 11 February when they allegedly cut the window bars of their cell with an unknown object.

The four men are awaiting separate trials for the murders of three people in Swakopmund.

Nuujoma, Stefanus, and two other accused are on trial for the murder of 38-year-old Joseph Ndeyapo Hekandjo after an argument at a club in Walvis Bay in 2016.

They reportedly stabbed and killed Hekandjo in front of the club.

Meanwhile, Lazarus and Nghilifa stand accused in a double murder case after they allegedly murdered Swakopmund couple, Roswitha Strzelecki, 79, and her husband, 81-year-old Siegfried Strzelecki in 2017.

The two accused were part of a trio when they allegedly committed the crime and also face robbery and aggravated assault charges in the matter.

The search to trace and re-arrest the remaining suspect continues, noted Gurirab.

NAMPA

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