Swapo’s Omatako district co-ordinator accused of assault

OTJIWARONGO: The Omatako Swapo-Party district co-ordinator in the area of Ovitoto in the Otjozondjupa Region was remanded in custody on Monday on a charge of assault.

Ezen-cretes Kaunatjike, 37, was arrested on Friday (14 March 2014) after he allegedly attacked his girlfriend with clenched fists on her face and left eye.

The Namibian Police Force (NamPol)’s Otjozondjupa Regional Public Relations Officer, Sergeant Maureen Mbeha told Nampa in an interview on Thursday that Kaunatjike appeared in court on a charge of assault with intent to cause grievous bodily harm (GBH).

“He was arrested on Friday last week and appeared in the Okahandja Magistrate’s Court on Monday,” said Mbeha.

It is alleged Kaunatjike and the complainant, Lea Tjikotoke, had a physical fight on Thursday night at Okandjira village in the area of Ovitoto.

According to Mbeha it is alleged that during the fight Kaunatjike badly attacked the 25-year-old Tjikotoke with clenched fists and as a result her left eye swelled.

Tjikotoke’s eye had to be medically treated at the Okahandja State Hospital on Friday last week, she said.

Kaunatjike appeared in the Okahandja Magistrate’s Court on Monday where he was denied bail.

It is alleged Tjikotoke indicated in her written statement under oath that Kaunatjike should not be granted bail as he had continuously abused her for the past six-years they have been cohabitating together at Okandjira village.

Tjikotoke also stated she fears as her life would be in danger if Kaunatjike was released on bail.

Kaunatjike was then remanded in custody and his next court appearance is 17 April 2014.

Police investigations continue.

Meanwhile, the Omatako Constituency councillor Isaskar Kaujeua also confirmed to this Nampa journalist on enquiry Wednesday afternoon that the Omatako Swapo-Party District Co-ordinator is still locked up in the Okahandja Police Holding Cells on a charge of assault.

(edited)OTJIWARONGO: The Swapo-Party’s district co-ordinator for Omatako in the Otjozondjupa Region was remanded in custody on Monday on a charge of assault.

Ezen-cretes Kaunatjike, 37, was arrested last Friday after he allegedly attacked his girlfriend, hitting her in the face.

The Namibian Police Force (NamPol)’s Otjozondjupa Regional Public Relations Officer, Sergeant Maureen Mbeha told Nampa in an interview on Thursday Kaunatjike appeared in court on a charge of assault with intent to cause grievous bodily harm.

“He appeared in the Okahandja Magistrate’s Court on Monday,” she said, adding that he was denied bail.

It is alleged Kaunatjike and the complainant, Lea Tjikotoke, had a fight at Okandjira village in the area of Ovitoto on Thursday night.

A police report availed to this news agency said during the fight, he allegedly “attacked the 25-year-old Tjikotoke with clenched fists and as a result her left eye swelled”.

She received medical treatment at the Okahandja State Hospital on Friday.

She indicated in her written statement that Kaunatjike should not be granted bail as he has allegedly continuously abused her for the past six years they have been living together at Okandjira village.

She also stated she fears for her life if he is released on bail.

Kaunatjike was remanded in custody and his next court appearance is 17 April 2014.

Police investigations into the matter continue.

Meanwhile, Omatako Constituency Councillor Isaskar Kaujeua confirmed on enquiry Wednesday that the party’s district co-ordinator for Omatako is still being held at the Okahandja Police holding cells on a charge of assault.

SOURCE: NAMPA