Windhoek

24 August 2021 | Crime

JANA-MARI SMITH

WINDHOEK



Police and the victim of an alleged police assault that left Kenneth Oscar 'Barney' Gariseb with serious head trauma have offered different versions of what led to the injury.

Yesterday, Gariseb's brother, Robert, said that the head trauma his brother suffered, which landed him in the ICU following surgery, was sustained after he was taken into custody for allegedly violating curfew regulations.

Details of what led to the injuries sustained by Barney remain sketchy, with the Garisebs admitting that Barney was forced to escape a police assault by jumping out of the moving police vehicle.

Robert Gariseb yesterday explained his brother was “left with no other choice but to jump” from an open police van, as he was being beaten and kicked by police officers during the drive to Katutura police station.

Meanwhile, the police yesterday claimed that no assault took place, and that Gariseb instead jumped from the vehicle to avoid being put behind bars for breaking curfew regulations. Nampol Commissioner George Mhoney however also confirmed that to date, no charges have been levelled at Gariseb or the friend who was also taken into custody that night.



Brutality

But the family insist that police brutality was at the centre of the incident, and they are determined to open a criminal case by the end of the week, once all necessary medical documents have been obtained.

They are also considering launching a civil lawsuit against the police.





“Whether he jumped from the police vehicle or not, he was assaulted by them and that's what forced him to jump and remain unconscious on the road. Then they took him and dropped him off like a sack of potatoes at the hospital,” Robert said yesterday. “They didn't care whether he lives or dies. He was left fighting for his life in the ICU after the brain surgery.” The family claim that Barney, who had sustained grave injuries and blacked out, was simply dropped off at the hospital before the police allegedly sped away without leaving their credentials or details of the incident.





“Why didn't they hand him over properly at the hospital and leave their contact details. Why drop him off secretly and drive away?,” Robert Gariseb said yesterday.

He added: “Bottom line is that he was under their care the moment they took him. They had the responsibility to make sure that he is booked in properly for whatever misconduct they suspected him off. But unfortunately they didn't follow their own procedures and this is the direct result of that.”

Robert further argued that the police's version was not airtight.

“Did the arrest go away the moment he jumped? Can you believe someone jumping out of a moving car while in the presence of more than five cops? Wasn't it their responsibility to secure him while he's under arrest?”



Other version

NamPol police commissioner George Mhoney yesterday said that preliminary reports indicate that Gariseb decided to jump off the moving vehicle to avoid being taken to the police station.

“He hit his head on the tar road, and that is where he sustained his injuries,” Mhoney said.

He confirmed that if a case is opened by the family, the police will investigate.

Similar News

 

More than 90% of drug suspects Namibians

1 week ago - 08 October 2021 | Crime

ELLANIE SMIT WINDHOEKFrom February to August, more 739 suspects have been arrested in connection with drug-related crimes, and more than 94% of...

N$20 000 reward for police murder

1 week ago - 05 October 2021 | Crime

ELLANIE SMITWINDHOEKThe police are offering a N$20 000 reward for information which may lead to the arrest of a suspect in the murder of Constable...

Man kills toddler over paternity dispute

1 week ago - 04 October 2021 | Crime

ELLANIE SMITWINDHOEKA 29-year-old man was arrested for allegedly murdering a three-month-old baby during a fight with his girlfriend in Katima Mulilo on Friday. According to...

Smuggling syndicates gain foothold in Namibia

1 week ago - 04 October 2021 | Crime

ELLANIE SMITWINDHOEKAlthough Namibia is rated among countries globally with low organised crime, organised criminal networks are well established within the country and working in all...

Drowned constable: Police find leg

2 weeks ago - 01 October 2021 | Crime

TUYEIMO HAIDULA OSHAKATI The Namibian police team searching for missing constable Ipuleni Aihuki discovered a human leg on the bank of the...

Police raid Mweshipandeka school hostel

2 weeks ago - 28 September 2021 | Crime

TUYEIMO HAIDULAOSHAKATIThe Oshana police have warned pupils of Mweshipandeka High School to stay away from criminal activities and to focus on their education.The region’s police...

Ex-soldier behind bars on stabbing charges

2 weeks ago - 27 September 2021 | Crime

TUYEIMO HAIDULA OSHAKATI A former Namibian Defence Force member wasremanded in custody on Thursday afternoon after his first appearance before the Oshakati...

Three arrested for wildlife crimes

3 weeks ago - 24 September 2021 | Crime

ELLANIE SMITWINDHOEKOnly two new wildlife crime cases were registered last week, with three suspects arrested.This is according to the latest statistics provided by the intelligence...

‘My mother tried to kill me’

3 weeks ago - 20 September 2021 | Crime

TUYEIMO HAIDULAONANDJOKWE Wilka Shikongo says she cannot believe that the woman she has called mother for 45 years beat her up so severely that...

Police warn about self-proclaimed pastors

3 weeks ago - 20 September 2021 | Crime

KENYA KAMBOWERUNDUKavango West police on Wednesday attended to a fight which broke out at Suni village when a self-proclaimed pastor revealed who had allegedly been...

Latest News

Creativity and mental health: Where...

1 day - 15 October 2021 | Health

Kalistu R Mukoroli, PR and brand strategistWe tend to preach about being creative, but isn’t this contributing to mental health issues? Creative people always push...

Soldiers turn to AR over...

1 day - 15 October 2021 | Health

STAFF REPORTER WINDHOEKSoldiers opposed to mandatory Covid-19 vaccinations have struck a defiant tone by...

Taxing the informal sector could...

1 day - 15 October 2021 | Economics

PHILLEPSU UUSIKUGenerally, the informal sector is considered difficult to tax as it is associated with high administration costs.Research papers have shown that attempts to tax...

Learning through play

1 day - 15 October 2021 | Society

Mariselle StofbergStimuBox is an online store that produces and sells personalised sensory boxes. These boxes contain fun and simple, age-appropriate activities that help with the...

Where heart meets experience

1 day - 15 October 2021 | Health

Mariselle StofbergWith her heart of gold, fierce determination to make a difference in the lives of others and ability to persevere, Dominic le Roux continues...

Living his passion every day

1 day - 15 October 2021 | Business

Michelline Nawatises Arne Schmid was born and raised in Windhoek. He completed high school at Deutsche Höhere Privatschule Windhoek (DHPS) and finished his studies...

EDITORIAL: No to forced vaccinations

1 day - 15 October 2021 | Opinion

We must encourage vaccination with every joule of energy we have, but must never force them upon anyone.We are pro-vaccination hardliners, but not to the...

Bahr celebrates 3 decades at...

1 day - 15 October 2021 | Society

Iréne-Mari van der WaltMarinda Bahr recently celebrated her 30th year with the Swakopmund municipality. Bahr’s colleague, Marolese Niemand, says she reported for duty two months...

Motivation to achieve and...

1 day - 15 October 2021 | Motors

Emilie Mandume Dean Gaeb started his education at Outjo Primary School in 2005 and completed his secondary education in 2017 at Outjo Secondary School.Rugby was...

Load More