31 denied bail in a mob justice case at Ondukuta

31 suspects arrested on 17 and 19 July at Ondukuta, in connection of attacking three victims in a mob justice case have been denied bail when they appeared in Outapi magistrate court on 22 July.

A statement issued on Wednesday by Namibian Police Force public relations Edwin Kanguatjivi said, the group was arrested at Ondukuta location in the Omushapi village in Tsandi constituency in the Omusati region, for attacking three people whom they allegedly suspected of poisoning Joseph ShiningayamweEmbula who passed away on 4 July 2019 at Tsandi district hospital and the group believed it's a result of poisoning.

It is alleged that a relative of the late Embula took his medical certificate to the Tsandi police station, requesting for the post-Morten as she believed that the deceased did not die a natural death but a result of poisoning by the three victims.

After the post-Morten was conducted, the autopsy report however ruled out poisoning was the case of death.

Despite the result, the group ignored the report and took law into their own hands by attacking the three victims, who were later rescued the police after a video of the mob attack was speculating on social media.

The victims opened cases of malicious damage to property, assault of gender based violence and theft. The group was remanded in police custody and their case was postponed to 12 September.

Source: Namibia Press Agency