13 February 2013

Namibia: Child Orphaned After Road Accident

A TWO-YEAR-OLD boy has been left orphaned after his parents died in a road accident in the Omaheke Region over the weekend.

The fatal accident took place on a gravel road at Epukiro Post 3 north-east of Gobabis around midnight between Saturday and Sunday, when an Isuzu bakkie in which five adults and a toddler were travelling overturned, a police spokesperson, Inspector Kauna Shikwambi, announced on Sunday.

Shikwambi said two people were killed in the accident. They were the parents of the toddler, and were identified as Florida Marcus (24), who was pregnant, and Samocky Marcus (28).

The couple's child, aged two, and three other occupants of the bakkie were injured in the accident and were transported to a Windhoek hospital, Shikwambi said.

Also in the Omaheke Region, a 26-year-old employee of Old Mutual is suspected to have committed suicide close to Gobabis on Friday, Shikwambi said.

She said a car belonging to Old Mutual was found abandoned next to the road near Gobabis on Friday afternoon. The car had earlier been reported stolen by the Old Mutual office in Windhoek.

When police officers searched the veld close to the car, they found the employee hanging from a tree. The keys of the car were in one of his pockets.

No suicide note was found at the scene, but it is suspected that the man had taken his own life, Shikwambi said. The police are continuing with an investigation of his death.

In Windhoek, a member of a community organisation assisting the police in fighting crime, the Men and Women Network, died during Saturday night after he had been shot by a suspected robber in Okuryangava, Shikwambi also announced.

She said the victim, aged 33, was at the scene where a group of four men were trying to rob a party gatekeeper of his takings for the evening when one of the alleged robbers fired two shots.

The man was rushed to hospital after he had been struck by one of the shots, but his life could not be saved.

Three of the suspected robbers were arrested.

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