13 June 2012

Namibia: Five Arraigned for Rape, Murder

Windhoek — Five men appeared in the Outjo Magistrate's Court on Monday for the alleged murder of a 20-month-old boy and the brutal gang-rape of his mother.

The suspects are Johannes Hausiku (32) who faces a charge of rape, Luciano Kalundjindji (40), Doze Malandjo (36), Abilio Epalanga (42) and Frans Abedi (36), who all face a charge of murder.

Police at Outjo on Saturday found the decomposed body of a 20-month-old boy, nine days after the mother of the child, who was allegedly gang-raped by three men, reported the child missing.

Otjiwarongo Police Regional Crime Co-ordinator, Deputy Commissioner Moses Khairabeb, told New Era a planned demonstration to coincide with the appearance of the five men did no take place on Monday.

He said one of the suspects in the rape and murder case led the police to the body of the boy, which was found in the bush around 16h00 on Saturday between Etosha Poort and Ombinda Lodge on the road to Khorixas.

He said the police have now arrested five men in total in connection with the senseless killing and rape. The regional crime co-ordinator said apart from the body being decomposed, some body parts like the arms and legs were detached from the rest of the body, while the head was smashed with a rock.

Khairabeb said Martha Kandara (24) appeared deranged at first when she came to report the case, but her condition has since improved. She was allegedly gang-raped and assaulted after she asked for a lift to Lemoenplaas from the three men on June 30, some 50 kilometres from Outjo.

According to a source at the Outjo Hospital, who spoke to the woman, Kandara apparently witnessed her son, Simon Stephanus, being smashed with a rock to the head.

Apparently, the suspects found the woman and her son at the Outjo, Otavi, Khorixas and Okaukuejo crossroads where they offered her a ride in a black sedan car to Lemoenplaas since they were on the way to Khorixas.

But instead, the men took her into the bush where they took turns to rape her before killing her son, it is alleged. Two of the men apparently left one suspect behind with the woman and drove off with the badly hurt child. He continued to rape her before letting her go.

Kandara reported her ordeal to the police, including her suspicions that her child could have been murdered, but she could not remember the exact location where the incident took place and the boy's body could as a result not be traced, until Saturday when one of the suspects led the police to the exact location.

Meanwhile, in an unrelated incident, two men were instantly killed when the car, a Land Rover, they were travelling in left the road and overturned 80 kilometres from Otjiwarongo on the way to Otavi.

It is suspected that the vehicle experienced a burst tyre, causing it to overturn before coming to rest more than 300 metres from the road and then caught fire. The deceased, who were severely burned, were identified as the owner of Kandjumbi Construction & Plumbing, Bruce Kandjumbi (40) and Dominicus Nghutokelwa (33).

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