Tenete’s Killer Commits Suicide

THE Windhoek woman accused of the cell death of a four-year-old boy in Wanaheda Police Station early this year has become the third person to commit suicide while in custody.

Loise Kaambu (33), was found dead in her cell at the Gobabis Central Prison on Monday evening around 20h00. She is the third person in less that a week to die in police cells after an Angolan man hanged himself in Oshikango last Wednesday.

On Friday last week, convicted teacher David de Jay overdosed on tablets in the cells and died later at Katutura State Hospital.

Kaambu was awaiting trial for the murder of Fortuna Tenete, and another case of assault with intent to cause grievous bodily harm.

Correctional Services Commissioner General Raphael Tuhafeni Hamunyela told The Namibian yesterday that Kaambu hanged herself on the bars of the cell door with her leggings.

He also said Kaambu was kept in a separate cell because of her violent behaviour.

“Besides that, trial-awaiting prisoners are kept separate from those already serving their sentences. Due to her aggressive nature, she was kept in a solitary cell where she committed suicide with her leggings,” Hamunyela said.

Hamunyela said trial-awaiting inmates wear private clothes but that from now onwards, prisons will limit what the inmates wear to prevent incidents like suicide.

Police spokesperson deputy Commissioner Edwin Kanguatjivi also confirmed the suicide yesterday, saying Kaambu was found in a sitting position.

Kanguatjivi further said Kaambu was transferred to Gobabis from Wanaheda to prevent her from harming other inmates.

“The police do not have a remand section to keep trial-awaiting inmates or violent suspects. That is why she was transferred to Gobabis,” Kanguatjivi said.

Omaheke regional commander Commissioner Josephat Abel said they were trying to trace Kaambu’s family, and that they believed the family is somewhere around the Tsumeb area.

Source : The Namibian