New Era (Windhoek)

11 February 2013

Namibia: Party Turns Into Nightmare

The happy sounds of people partying turned into a nightmare in Windhoek's Okuryangava over the weekend.

According to the Namibian Police crime report, four suspects entered Stop and Shop in Okuryanga, where a private party was in full swing and demanded the takings from the door at gunpoint.

When members of the Men and Women Network tried to intervene, one of the robbers fired two shots, one of which struck a 33-year-old man. He died on arrival at the Katutura Intermediary Hospital due to the gunshot wound and three suspects were apprehended and a firearm recovered. The name of the victim cannot be disclosed until his next of kin have been informed.

Also in Windhoek, a case of armed robbery was opened after a man was robbed of his Toyota Corolla vehicle after he graciously offered four men a ride to Ara Bar in Dorado Valley.

It is alleged that the four suspects approached the victim and asked for a lift and upon their arrival at the bar, one of the suspects took out a firearm and demanded the key to the vehicle, after which they drove off, leaving the victim high and dry. The vehicle was found abandoned in Katutura later that day and no arrests have been made.

In the Omaheke Region, a case of suicide was opened after a vehicle was found abandoned about 25 kilometres from Gobabis on the Trans-Kalahari Road.

Upon further investigation, officers on the scene found the driver of the vehicle hanging from a tree a couple of metres from the vehicle. The deceased has been identified as 26-year-old Richard Gariseb who was an employee of Old Mutual. It was also discovered that Old Mutual reported the vehicle stolen. The victim left no suicide note.

Still in the Omaheke Region, 28-year-old Samocky Marcus and his pregnant wife Florida Marcus died on the scene after their vehicle overturned near Epukiro Post 3.

The couple's two-year old son and three other people survived the accident with serious injuries and were transferred to the Windhoek Central Hospital.

In other news an unknown male broke into a house in Rehoboth in the Hardap Region and stole a cellphone and raped a 14-old girl. The incident is said to have taken place on Saturday. No arrests have been made and police investigations continue.

A company truck overturned about 60 kilometres from Swakopmund on the road to Langerheinrich mine on Friday at around 16h15. The driver of the truck sustained serious head injuries and was admitted to the Cottage Hospital in Swakopmund. It is not clear who the truck belonged to and police investigations continue.

A suspect made off with jewelry estimated at N$57 000 after a homeowner unintentionally left a window open.

It is alleged that the suspect gained entry through the window on Saturday and made off with his loot. No arrests have been made and police investigations continue.

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