22 November 2012

Namibia: Woman Strangled in Mahangu Field

Oshakati — The police at Oshakati are looking for a suspect who allegedly strangled a woman in the early hours of Wednesday morning before fleeing on foot.

The incident occurred at the village of Otuwala on the outskirts of Oshakati. A police officer at the scene of the murder said neighbours found the victim dead in a mahangu field and alerted them at around 07h00.

Police confirmed that the victim died from strangulation. The name of the victim is being withheld until police have notified her next of kin. Oshana Police Regional Commander, Commissioner Ndahangwapo Kashihakumwa, also confirmed the murder of the woman.

"Inquiries and investigations into this incident are ongoing and the police are still tracking footprints. We are still trying to piece together what exactly happened. No arrest has yet been made," said the regional police commander.

New Era learned that a man romantically involved with the victim fled the area soon after the murder, but this however could not be independently confirmed and police refused to be drawn into the speculation.

"We do not want to speculate and jeopardise police investigations. What we know is the murder was as a result of a lovers' quarrel," said a policeman who requested anonymity. The man was still at large by the time of going to press.

It is suspected that the killing happened at around 2:30 a.m. in a mahangu field near the victim's shack, which is allegedly owned by a certain medical practitioner. Earlier, the victim, only identified as Maria from a village in Ondongo, was seen in the company of her former boyfriend.

"They were having drinks at a local cuca shop and it did not appear they had any problems," said a friend of the deceased.

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