Mother Hunts Down Son’s Alleged Killer

A DETERMINED mother from Swakopmund successfully traced a man accused of killing her son, leading to the suspect’s arrest.

After being on the run for almost six months, murder suspect Ivan Thabang Swelo (40), was arrested at Karasburg on 27 December 2014.

He allegedly stabbed Stephanus Eigab (30), to death on 07 July 2014 at Swakopmund before fleeing to Windhoek and later Karasburg. Eigab was allegedly stabbed once in the neck and died on the spot. It is not yet clear what had triggered the fatal attack.

Narrating the story to reporters on Monday, Eigab’s mother, Sophia Eichas, said she traced the suspect herself and informed the police to arrest him.

“The police always tell us to assist them in fighting crimes and to arrest suspects. That is exactly what I did in this case. I could not sit and wait for the police as little progress was being made on the case from their side, so I stood up and searched for him,” she said.

She said that when the suspect committed the alleged murder and fled to Windhoek, she did not receive any feedback from the police regarding the manhunt.

“I did not receive much joy from the Swakopmund police on my inquiries regarding the case. As such, I went to Walvis Bay police where I was asked to give them the name of the suspect. From there I just asked friends and family in Windhoek to assist me in tracing the man,” she said.

Eichas said her efforts and those of her friends and relatives paid off one day when she received a call from a friend in Karasburg, to verify the name of the suspect she was looking for.

“I gave her the name and was later informed that the person we were looking for was in Karasburg. I immediately informed the police in Karasburg who arrested the suspect,” she told reporters.

Eichas used the opportunity to thank those who assisted her during the search for the suspect.

Swelo appeared before Magistrate Nelao Brown in the Swakopmund Magistrate’s Court on Friday last week.

He is expected to appear in the same court on 23 February this year, when police investigations on the matter are expected to be complete.


Source : The Namibian