Murder, suicide dominate weekend crime

WINDHOEK: A 25-year-old man is fighting for his life in the Windhoek Central Hospital (WCH) after he was shot in his chest by unknown suspects at the Monte Christo Road on Saturday evening.

Namibian Police Force (NamPol) Spokesperson, Inspector Slogan Matheus, informed a media briefing here on Sunday that the incident took place at around 23h10, under the bridge that runs over the Monte Cristo road, near the Van Eck Power Station in the Northern Industrial area.

The man identified as Ndakewa Twamanguluka is said to have been sitting in his car with a female friend, Aune Matheus, 18, when more than five unknown suspects approached the vehicle with a pistol and started firing shots.

“Twamanguluka was shot once on the chest and currently admitted to the WCH , while Matheus was shot on both legs and is currently admitted at the Katutura Intermediate Hospital in a serious but stable condition,” Matheus said.

No items were taken from the vehicle and no arrests have been made.

Police investigations into the matter continue.

Meanwhile in the Omusati Region, Teofilus David, 28 was shot to death with a riffle in his head, while attempting to gain entry to into a shebeen.

The incident occurred on Saturday at around 23h45 at the Onamunkoti Location at Ongozi Village in the Okahao Constituency.

The suspect was allegedly guarding his own shebeen at the time of the incident, as the area had been frequented with reports of break-ins into shebeens recently.

The suspect then heard the sound of a person cutting corrugated iron sheets on the roof of the shebeen and when he slightly opened the door, he saw the deceased standing at the entrance of his sleeping room and shot at him.

Matheus said the firearm that was used allegedly belongs to the late father of the suspect.

The suspect, a 52-year-old male from Omuthitu Village in the Okahao Constituency was arrested and is due to appear in the Okahao Magistrates Court on Monday.

The deceased’s next of kin has been informed.

NamPol also recorded two cases of suicide in the Omaheke and Omusati Regions over the weekend.

Moses Tjirunga, 58, committed suicide by hanging himself with a rope under a tree at his farm on Friday at about 12h38.

The incident occurred at Farm Nedtevrede in the Leonardville Area.

Matheus said the deceased left behind a suicide but could not disclose its contents as the Namibian Police will first have to discuss it with the family.

His next of kin has been informed and police investigations into the matter continue.

Police also recorded a case of suicide in the Ogongo Constituency in the Omusati Region, where

24-year-old Eliaser Ndageya Shuuveni hanged himself with a piece of rope under a Mopane tree on Saturday.

The incident occurred nearby his homestead. His lifeless body was discovered by passersby on Sunday morning.

The deceased did not leave a suicide note behind and his next of kin have not yet been informed.

In a separate unrelated incident, a 10-year-old boy drowned in an earth dam on Friday afternoon at about 17h30.

The incident occurred at the Omatelekelo Village in the Ogongo Constituency in the Omusati region.

The deceased, who was identified as Immanuel Nandiinotya, and his friends of the same age went to the dam to swim and the boy subsequently drowned.

His next of kin have been informed and police investigations continue.

In the Oshikoto region, 41-year-old Jonas Sakaria was bumped by a vehicle while standing at a cuca shop at Oshivelo and died on the spot.

The incident took place at around 17h00 on Saturday at Ohaiyanda Village.

Matheus said the driver of the vehicle allegedly took the vehicle for a test drive after attending to some mechanical problems.

“While driving around the shebeens, he fell out from the moving vehicle and went on to bump the deceased who was amongst a group of people standing outside the shebeen. We further established that the driver does not have a driver’s license,” he added.

The suspect was arrested and charged with culpable homicide and is due to appear in court on Monday.

Sakaria’s next of kin has already been informed and police investigations continue.

Christiaan Mervin Wimmert was killed in a head-side collision on the Omuthiya road at Oshivelo on Friday.

NamPol in the Oshikoto region reported that Wimmerth, 39, was driving from Oshivelo towards Omuthiya and collided with a Toyota sedan which was approaching from the opposite direction.

“It is alleged that the driver of the Jetta sedan swerved into the opposite late where the Toyota was oncoming and collided head-side. Both vehicles caught fire and burned beyond recognition,” Matheus said.

He however did not indicate whether the occupants in both vehicles were still inside when the vehicles caught fired.

The Toyota sedan had two occupants in it who were identified as Tuombale Bernard, 42, and a passenger identified as Ivon Awene, 27.

Both occupants of the Toyota Sedan sustained serious injuries and were admitted to the Tsumeb State Hospital.

The deceased’s next of kin has already been informed and police investigations into the matter continue.