Woman raped, hacked to death

29 January 2019 | Crime

A 21-year-old man is behind bars in Tsumeb on suspicion of killing a woman with a panga on Friday, after allegedly raping her.

The police yesterday confirmed the death of Laina Naimbundu (49), who died late on Friday night at Emanya village near Tsintsabis from injuries sustained during an attack by a man whose name has not yet been released.

According to the police, the incident took place at around 22:00 near a shebeen.

After allegedly sexually assaulting the woman, the man is suspected to have used a panga with which he “hacked her several times on the throat and left shoulder, and she died on the spot”, the police said.

Enquiries to the Tsumeb Magistrate's Court did not establish whether the man made his first appearance, what his name is and whether he was granted bail.

Meanwhile, the Gibeon police continue to hunt for Abraham Swartbooi Turuteb, who is accused of raping a 28-year-old woman on Saturday in the presence of her five-year-old son.

It is alleged that the suspect entered the shack in which woman was sleeping in the early morning hours of Saturday, woke her up and sexually assaulted her. Her cries for help woke her son.

Police are continuing with the investigation and Turuteb remains on the run.

Another rape docket was opened on Saturday in Karibib, after an 11-year-old girl was allegedly raped by her 17-year-old neighbour.

The police say the incident took place in the Harambee suburb of Karibib, and involved an 11-year-old girl who had been left home alone.

She was allegedly approached by the suspect, who asked for sweets. After she told him she did not have any, he allegedly assaulted her.

The unnamed suspect is in custody and was scheduled to appear in court yesterday.

A 26-year-old woman is behind bars in Gochas in the south of Namibia, after she was arrested on suspicion of fatally stabbing her friend on Friday night.

The deceased, Johanna Frederick (27), and the suspect, whose name has not yet been released, were allegedly quarrelling when the suspect stabbed her in the side of her neck. Frederick died on the scene.

At least six cases of reckless and or negligent driving and several cases of culpable homicide related to vehicle accidents were opened by the police over the weekend.

A case of culpable homicide, driving without a valid licence and driving under the influence of alcohol, as well as attempting to defeat and obstruct justice, was opened against a 36-year-old man in Karasburg, whose loss of control of a red Ford bakkie on Saturday led to two deaths.

Quinton Adams and Andries Hendricks died on the scene of the accident, which took place after noon on Saturday about 15 km from Karasburg after the driver lost control of the vehicle.

The police said the driver refused to provide a breath specimen or blood sample to test for alcohol. He was arrested on the spot.

An American national (35) lost his life on the B2 highway after he lost control of the Toyota Fortuner he, another American and two Irish nationals were travelling in on Sunday afternoon.

Erongo police crime investigations coordinator, Deputy Commissioner Erastus Iikuyu, told Nampa the foreign nationals were driving in a convoy of five vehicles, when the 35-year-old lost control of the SUV about 45 kilometres from Usakos towards Arandis, causing the vehicle to overturn. The driver died on the scene. The accident happened around 13:30.

The passengers sustained serious injuries and were transported to the Cottage Medi-Clinic in Swakopmund for treatment.

The deceased's identity is known to the police, but cannot it be revealed until his next of kin are traced.

His body has been taken to the Walvis Bay mortuary for a post-mortem to determine the exact cause of death.

On Saturday the police received a report that a woman and her companions walking in the veld near Auas Hills had been “beaten with a panga and threatened with knives and robbed of her property”.

It is unclear how many attackers were on the scene.

The complainant sustained injuries to her head and was taken to hospital.

No arrests or recovery of the stolen goods, including cellphones and personal documents, has taken place.

JANA-MARI SMITH

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