New Era (Windhoek)

26 April 2012

Namibia: Suspected Thief Kills Partner in Crime

Oshakati — Police in the Omusati Region have identified a young man who was killed earlier this week during a robbery that went horribly wrong.

The deceased, who was one of the suspected robbers, was identified yesterday as Ruben Antsino (34) from Enkundi village in the Okando area of the Omusati Region.

It is alleged that Antsino and his friend, who is still on the run, tried to rob at gunpoint Okiti Mini Market at Otjimuhaka settlement in the Kunene Region.

The suspects allegedly broke into the bedroom of the shop's caretaker and then demanded keys to the mini-market. Both suspects were armed with AK-47 assault rifles.

The caretaker, who was in bed with his girlfriend, allegedly attacked Antsino and the two started wrestling. In the process, Antsino's acquaintance tried to shoot the caretaker, but he mistakenly shot his partner in crime in the head and shoulder.

Antsino died on the spot.

It is alleged that the suspect thought he had shot both Antsino and the caretaker. He thus turned to the caretaker's girlfriend and shot her in the head, hand and shoulder, before fleeing the scene, leaving Antsino and his AK-47 behind.

The 21-year-old woman has been admitted to the Oshakati Intermediate Hospital, where she is said to be in a critical condition.

The caretaker survived the incident unhurt.

Police are searching for the surviving suspect and cases of murder, robbery with aggravating circumstances, attempted murder and possessing an illegal firearm have been opened in the matter.

According to Omusati Regional Police Spokesperson, Warrant-Officer Lineekela Shikongo, it is obvious that the AK-47 rifles carried by the two men were illegal and both were on automatic mode.

"Civilians are not allowed to have these guns on automatic mode, anyone who has it, possesses an illegal firearm," said Shikongo.

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