The Namibian (Windhoek)

19 July 2012

Namibia: Woman Raped and Killed At Tsumeb

THE Police at Tsumeb are investigating a case of murder after a 41-year-old woman, Martha Gaeses, was raped and stabbed to death at the town last Thursday morning.

According to the acting police commander for Oshikoto, Sackeus Shimbayi Amunyela, the mother of three children was seen in a bar in the Nomtsoub residential area early Thursday morning.

It is believed that she won around N$4 000 from a gambling machine.

A security guard found her body in a pool of blood hours later. She had been stabbed numerous times.

Tsumeb resident Nikanor Ndadi told The Namibian that Gaeses was not given all the cash she had won and was told to return for the money the next day.

It is suspected that she was attacked on her way home.

"Our preliminary investigation found more than 30 stab wounds in the back, chest and stomach," Amunyela said.

This week dozens of Tsumeb residents took to the streets to demonstrate their anger over the killing and to call on the police to bring the culprits to book.

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