New Era (Windhoek)

19 November 2012

Namibia: Murder, Robberies Blight Weekend

Windhoek — Three murders, two cases of attempted murder and two cases of armed robbery were reported over the weekend in the Khomas Region alone.

According to Khomas Regional Crime Investigating Coordinator, Deputy Commissioner Sylvanus Nghishidimbwa, two murders were reported at Rehoboth. The first incident took place on Friday at around 11h00 when two friends started arguing in the streets of Block E. One pushed the other, who fell and hit his head on a rock and died on the spot.

The reason for the argument is unknown. The deceased has been identified as 49-year-old Dirk Dewee.

The 35-year-old suspect was arrested the same day and is expected to appear in the Rehoboth Magistrate's Court today. Nghishidimbwa said he could not rule out that the incident was alcohol related.

The second incident took place early Sunday morning at a drinking place in Block E, when a 31-year-old man suffered three fatal stab wounds to his chest. The deceased was allegedly arguing with a friend for unknown reasons. The suspect managed to run away but was arrested later that day.

Nghishidimbwa was not sure if the family of the deceased had been informed about the incident and could therefore not disclose his identity.

Another murder was reported on Saturday when the body of an unidentified black male was found in Katutura's Kamberipa Street in the evening at around 8.30.

The man was alive at the scene but died upon his arrival at the Katutura State Hospital. Two stab wounds were found on his chest and shoulder.

The police are appealing to the public to identify the man and described him as having a DOC tattoo on his write shoulder and wearing an earring on the right ear.

"He has three or four teeth missing on the upper part, he is slender and about 1.7 meters," explained Nghishidimbwa, adding that the man is dark in complexion and has short hair.

On Saturday at around 14h00, a man allegedly lost control of his vehicle when driving ahead of cyclists along the Kupferberg gravel road, some 75 kilometres from Windhoek.

The vehicle overturned and the man was found dead by the cyclists.

The deceased's name could not be revealed, because his relatives had not yet been informed about the incident.

A case of attempted murder was reported on Saturday at around 23h00 after two cousins started arguing at the premises of the Central State Hospital in Windhoek. Both men had been drinking at the Ara Bar in Dorado Valley and were on their way home when the argument broke out.

At the hospital, both took broken bottles in an attempt to stab each other, and one managed to smash the windscreen of the cousin's vehicle with a stone. As a result, the driver ran over his cousin who was seriously injured and admitted to the hospital.

The accused tried to run away, but was arrested by the hospital security staff and is now in police custody.

Another case of attempted murder was reported on Saturday at around 01:00 at Club London in the Southern Industrial Area, when one man grabbed a firearm from another one standing close by and fired shots at a group of arguing people.

A bullet went through a man's chest and struck a second man, also in the chest. The wounded men were admitted to the Medi Clinic and Catholic hospitals and are believed to be in a stable condition. Nghishidimbwa explained it appeared that the shooter, who has been arrested, works at the club.

In addition, an armed robbery was reported on Friday morning at Wutow Distributors near Coca Cola in the Lafrenz area where a security guard was surprised by three or four armed men with pistols. The men attacked, assaulted and tied up the security guard and got away with an unspecified amount of money from a safe. No arrests have been made yet.

Another armed robbery was reported early Sunday morning at a building site in Otjomuise, where armed men also surprised a security guard and got away with two generators.

Investigations continue to see if the culprits are the same in both armed robbery cases.

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