Police Catch Usakos Robbery Suspects

THE police in Erongo arrested two suspects who were involved in the alleged torture, assault and theft from 68-year-old farmer Gey von Pittius and his employee Lombweleni Nafuka at farm ‘Usakos Wes’ more than a week ago.

Erongo police acting police commander deputy commissioner Andreas Nelumbu said one of the suspects, Mashall Unaeb (25), was arrested in Omaruru while the second suspect, Muller Ariseb (32), was arrested during a police “trap” when he was coming out of hiding near the Hakhaseb township in Usakos.

Everything stolen (except N$5 000 cash) which included a bakkie, laptops, mobile phones and keys were recovered.

Both suspects appeared in the Usakos magistrate’s court last Thursday and were denied bail. The case was postponed to 20 June.

Ariseb however was immediately sentenced to four years in jail for a previous housebreaking case.

The suspects allegedly tortured and robbed Von Pittius and Nafuka on the farm outside Usakos. They were held at gunpoint, tied up and beaten after which the suspects fled the scene in Von Pittius’ bakkie.

The bakkie was later found abandoned in a riverbed near the farm.

Nafuka freed himself and helped the farmer before walking several kilometres to seek help.

Von Pittius suffered much pain and his right hand is apparently dysfunctional at the moment due to the injury sustained when tied up, according to Nelumbu.

Source : The Namibian