Abel calls for stiffer sentences for murderers

GOBABIS: The Namibian Police Force (NamPol)’s Omaheke Regional Commander, Commissioner Josephat Abel has denounced any form of crime and violence against women and children.

Abel told Nampa yesterday that crimes against women and children were on a steady rise in this region, something which should not be tolerated.

The commander’s comments come shortly after a man, who was employed as a police officer, allegedly attacked his two minor sons by stabbing them with a knife in the head, shoulder and chest.

One of them died from his injuries.

Abel said it is really sad that a person, an officer of the law, can go to such an extent, adding that to murder one’s own child in cold blood is not a heinous crime.

Although leaving judgements on such matters to the courts, the Omaheke regional commander said stiffer sentences ought to be imposed on people found guilty of such acts, especially where it involves women and children.

The suspect, Petrus Ganeb, 28, appeared in the Gobabis Magistrate’s Court yesterday on two charges – murder and attempted murder.

He was denied bail, and is expected to return to court on 18 July 2014.