Another woman raped at gunpoint


29 October 2020 | Crime

Ileni Shapumba; Community affairs commander; “I want to call on the neighbourhood watches to assist in making our communities safe again.”

Walvis Bay • [email protected]

Another woman was raped at gunpoint in Kuisebmond during the early morning hours of Wednesday.

According to deputy commissioner Erastus Ikuyu, the unknown suspect forced open the door of a ghetto situated in Cable Beach Street in Kuisebmond. He entered while the victim was sleeping and pointed a firearm to her head.

“It is further alleged that the suspect undressed the victim, put on a condom and raped her. The suspect allegedly also slapped the victim on her cheek and threatened to shoot her. The suspect is unknown to her and has not been identified yet.”

A case of housebreaking with the intent to rape, rape, and a case of pointing a firearm, common assault and assault by threatening was opened.

This is the second victim to be raped at gunpoint in Kuisebmond, and the third victim in the region.

The police are still searching for the perpetrator who raped a 28-year-old woman in Brama Street, Kuisebmond.

This suspect also forced open the door to the victim’s ghetto, pointed a firearm against her head and raped her.

Inspector Illeni Shapumba, community affairs commander for the Erongo police, said that it could be the same person or may be two men using the same modus operandi.

“We fear for our women. We really want to caution our ladies, especially those living alone, to take extra precautions. I want to call on the neighbourhood watches to help and assist in making our communities safe again. We need to watch over each other and we need the public to report any suspicious behaviour.”


A 3-year-old boy died after the flat in which he was sleeping with his father caught fire in Mondesa, Swakopmund on Wednesday morning.

Police officers who were passing by saw a thick cloud of smoke coming from the flat and discovered that it was on fire. The officers heard someone screaming inside and they tried to break down door, which was locked from inside, but couldn’t.

They found a hose pipe and began spraying water into the burning flat through a window.

The municipal fire brigade also arrived on scene, broke the door down and rescued the victims. They also extinguished the fire.
Emed Rescue paramedics arrived and attended to the victims but unfortunately the young boy, Blessing Renzo Gariseb, was declared dead at the scene.

The father was transported to Swakopmund state hospital for medical treatment.

Ikuyu said that the cause of the fire is not yet known. The boy’s next of kin were informed.


A man (42) committed suicide by hanging himself from the roof of his ghetto in Kuisebmond on Wednesday at about 06:00.

According to Ikuyu, he was last seen alive on Tuesday at about 18:00 at his residence and without any complaints.

His roommate came home at about 21:00 and found the ghetto locked. He allegedly knocked and when nobody answered went and slept at a friend's ghetto in the same yard.

“The roommate returned the next morning at 06:00 knocked on the door again but there was still no reply. He allegedly broke the door open and upon entering, found that the deceased had hanged himself from the roof of the ghetto.”

No suicide note was found and no foul play is suspected at this stage.

“The victim was identified as Johannes Mwatile. His next of kin were informed. Investigation into the matter continues.”

Construction workers who reported for duty at about 07:30 in 11th street Walvis Bay on Monday, discovered that a man had hanged himself at the site with a belt that he had tied to a steel construction beams.

“He was identified as Helao Shilongo (34) from Kuisebmund. No suicide note was found and no foul play is suspected. His next of kin were informed,” said Iikuyu.

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