New Era (Windhoek)

22 August 2012

Namibia: Burglars Target Several Houses

Windhoek — At least 10 cases of housebreaking and four rape cases were reported over the past weekend.

On Sunday morning, burglars entered an unoccupied Pioneers Park house through the roof and helped themselves to a Toyota bakkie, laptops, television sets, clothing, shoes, blankets and a number of other electronic goods valued at about N$130 000.

According to Nampol Khomas Crime Coordinator, Deputy Commissioner Sylvanus Nghishindimbwa, the burglars used the owner's bakkie to transport the goods and were spotted by patrolling police officers in the Rocky Crest area.

Nghishindimbwa explained that since the vehicle looked suspicious the police officers decided to approach it. "When they were approached, everyone ran in different directions [abandoning the vehicle] and the goods were found in the bakkie," he said, adding that the exact value of the goods is unknown.

The owner, who was arrived from Katima Mulilo, identified his goods on Sunday. A suspect has been arrested and he is expected to appear in the Windhoek Magistrate's Court today. Police expect to make more arrests soon.

The deputy commissioner explained that electric fences and alarm systems are nothing to criminals and that they do not prevent theft.

The suspected thieves allegedly went through the roof because it is easier to disarm the alarm system that way. Other housebreakings were reported in Academia, as well as Rocky Crest, according to Nghishindimbwa.

A University of Namibia female student (aged 18) was gang-raped by an unknown number of males, who are also students at the university, on Saturday according to police sources.

The incident happened during a party held in Pioneers Park.

According to the deputy commissioner, the girl was so drunk that she was taken to a room and raped by a number of males, who were also drunk.

During interrogation, the girl could not say how many people raped her, but alluded to the possibility of three. Her fellow students called the police to the scene of the crime, and one suspect was allegedly caught red-handed by other students. The 19-year-old suspect has been arrested in connection with the incident.

"She was drinking to such an extent that she could not recognise what happened to her," complained Nghishindimbwa, adding that alcohol abuse among Namibia's youth is a serious source of concern.

By Sunday morning, the girl was allegedly still intoxicated and could not provide enough information to the police during questioning.

In addition, an attempted rape was reported on Saturday at around 12h35 at the Namibian Children's Home in Eros where orphans are accommodated.

A 17-year-old girl was almost raped by a 19-year-old male staying at the same children's home.

He reportedly entered the room where she was sleeping and attacked the girl.

Fortunately, other residents in the home came to her rescue and prevented anything worse from happening.

Also, a 15-year-old boy was allegedly raped by a 32-year-old man in a shack in Havana. The actual incident took place on August 13 at around 19h00, however the case was only reported on Saturday.

The suspect, who has now been arrested, is not a stranger to the boy, according to Nghishindimbwa.

Moreover, on Saturday at around 22h00 in Herero Location, a 40-year old man allegedly raped a 17-year-old girl at the victim's house. The suspect is well known to the victim, however the suspect has not yet been arrested.

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