A report by Office of Ombudsman regarding incident that caused death of a four-year-old child in police holding cell to be made public this Friday

WINDHOEK: A report by the Office of the Ombudsman in connection with an incident that allegedly caused the death of a four-year-old child in a police holding cell, will be made public this Friday.

This was announced by the Ombudsman, Advocate John Walters during a media conference on the consultative process for the development of Namibia’s First National Human Rights Action Plan (NHRAP) this morning.

Fortuna died at the Katutura State Hospital on 21 January 2014, a few hours after a female inmate allegedly hit the child’s head against the floor twice in the Wanaheda Police Station’s holding cells.

He sustained serious head injuries.

An alleged fight between the mother of the child, the 29-year-old Kaarina Mateus, and another female inmate Loise Kaambu, 32, had allegedly led to the death of the boy, who was incarcerated with his mother at the time of the alleged incident.

Kaambu, who now faces a charge of murder, made a third appearance before Windhoek Magistrate Surita Savage last Wednesday when her case was remanded until 01 September this year for the police investigating officers to complete their investigations.