11 July 2018

Namibia: Police Deny Delay in Attending Oshana Murder Scene

OSHANA regional crime investigations coordinator, deputy commissioner Hilja Haipumbu, has dismissed allegations that the police did not respond in time to an event that led to the death of a pensioner.

In an interview with Nampa on Tuesday, Haipumbu said when the police arrived at Oshoopala village, which is situated about 25 kilometres west of Ondangwa, the pensioner was already dead.

"The very moment the report was received, the police went to attend, and the officer on duty even called me while at the scene," she explained.

Kambenge Johannes (97), died instantly after she was hacked to death with an axe last Wednesday night at Oshoopala village in the Uukwiyu-Ushona constituency of the Oshana region. Haipumbu said the caller informed the police at about 20h00 that someone was behaving violently at home, and beating a housemate.

Upon the police officers' arrival at the scene, it was discovered that the male victim who was being attacked ran to the neighbour's house to hide, whereby the accused in the matter followed him.

"At the neighbour's house, the accused found the pensioner sleeping in one of the huts, and hacked her," said Haipumbu. The accused, Mabelane Mabele Bishop (29), fled from the scene, but was arrested. He appeared in the Ondangwa Magistrate's Court on Friday, where he was remanded in custody.

- Nampa

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