19 February 2013

Namibia: Keetmans Teenager Died From Heatstroke

AN autopsy done on Keetmanshoop teenager Marcelinus 'Tony' Katzao, who died under mysterious circumstances a few hours after his release from police custody, found that he died of heatstroke.

This was revealed yesterday by a police spokesperson, Deputy Commissioner Edwin Kanguatjivi.

Earlier, the teenager's family said doctors had told them that there was bleeding on Katzao's brain caused by a heavy blow to his head. He reportedly also had burns on his legs.

Katzao slipped into a coma at a house in the Krönlein residential area after being released from custody following his arrest for allegedly obstructing the police in the execution of their duties at the Remember Inn bar in the Tseiblaagte residential area.

Katzao died in the Katutura State hospital a few days later .

Earlier, Karas police Commissioner Armas Shivute said Katzao was drunk when arrested, was detained for several hours until he was sober and then released.

Kanguatjivi said an independent investigation into Katzao's death, which his family had requested, was ongoing.

"The investigation has not been concluded yet. There are allegations that boiling water might have caused the burn wounds on his legs. The cause of the burn wounds has yet to be determined," said Kanguatjivi.

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