Bloody weekend for Erongo


11 May 2020 | Crime

Walvis Bay • [email protected]

With the countrywide Covid-19 restrictions slightly eased, crime now seems to take centre stage.

According to a crime report issued by the Erongo regional crime coordinator, deputy commissioner Erastus Iikuyu, an elderly lady was attacked at her home in the Usakos area at 05:00 on Saturday.
“According to the victim, a single suspect entered her house through the bathroom window which was left open. The suspect went into the victim's room where he strangled her and hit her several times in the face, causing minor injuries and bleeding.”
He said that after the victim managed to escape, “the suspect went into the kitchen and took N$4 200 in cash which was in the victim’s handbag before he fled from the scene, leaving an empty pistol with a scratched off serial number and a crowbar behind.”
The victim was taken to Usakos State Hospital for treatment and is in a stable condition.

No arrest has been made and nothing was recovered yet, as the investigation continues.
Anyone who has information regarding the suspect in the matter, is requested to contact Iikuyu at 081 246 4757, or detective warrant officer Kabuku at 081 391 0671, or the nearest police station.

A 40-year old man was the sole fatality in a road accident on the Omaruru/Uis gravel road about 10km from the Okombahe turn-off at around 17:00 on Saturday.
“It is alleged that the non-roadworthy motor vehicle – a Hyundai small truck with a trailer – was travelling from Omaruru to Farm Harmony towards Uis, with six occupants including the driver, a 47-year man. The left rear tyre burst, causing the driver to lose control and the vehicle overturned. The driver was slightly injured, but one of his passengers died at the scene”, Iikuyu said.
The other passengers sustained serious to moderate injuries and were taken to Omaruru State Hospital for medical treatment.
Another case of culpable homicide as well as reckless and or negligent driving was opened after a 9-year old boy fell from a trailer and died.
According to Iikuyu, on Sunday at about 10:30 at Farm Abbabis, Karibib district, it is alleged that the driver (suspect) a 52-year old man employed at the farm, drove a non-roadworthy beige Toyota pick-up pulling a trailer from his place of residence to fetch water at a water point on the same farm with his two young sons on board.
“His sons aged 9 and 16 were with him. On their way back home, one of the boys, the 9-year old and a grade 3 learner at Eben-Haeser Primary School in Karibib, allegedly fell off the trailer and hit his head on the ground. He sustained the injury, which is suspected to have caused his death instantly at the scene.”
Next of kin have been informed and the father (who is considered the suspect) was not arrested. Investigations continue.

On Friday at 06:30 in front of BRG Biokinetics Walvis Bay, an unknown suspect(s) unlawfully and intentionally smashed the window of a vehicle and stole a paint inspection kit.
According to Iikuyu, the paint inspection kit is valued at N$40 000 and the complainant is a self-employed individual.
Anyone who finds or is approached by a person selling this item, is requested to contact detective inspector Ambambi at 081 640 1600 or contact the nearest police station.

Two suspects were arrested for being in possession of cannabis and mandrax over the weekend.
According to Iikuyu, on Saturday at about 20:30 in the DRC location of Swakopmund, the men (22 and 38) were arrested and found to be in possession of one ballie of cannabis, one bankie of cannabis, two quarters and two half mandrax tablets with a combined value of N$200 during police search.
The suspects are expected to appear at the Swakopmund Magistrate’s court on Monday.

A tragic event transpired on the beach in Swakopmund, after a father drowned rescuing his son.
According to Iikuyu, the incident took place at about 16:00 near the Sea Side Hotel at Mile 4. “The deceased was seen by the witnesses walking next to the ocean with his 9-year old son and after a while, they started swimming in the sea next to the hotel. According to witnesses, they later saw the deceased a little bit deeper, waving his hands, calling for people to assist him as he was struggling and was unable to swim out. The witnesses called E-Med Rescue who arrived at the scene promptly and rescued both the father and the son. However, the deceased began having difficulty breathing as it was suspected that he took in too much water. Unfortunately he passed away at the scene.”
His son is in a stable condition. The deceased was identified as Paul Lawrens (33) and he was an employee of Sea Side Hotel, Swakopmund.
Next of kin have been informed.

During the early hours of Monday morning at about 00:20, six shacks in James Brown Street, Kuisebmond as well as a room of the main house burned to ashes.
“The fire allegedly started from one of the shacks while the owner was not present and spread to others. One person, a 28-year old woman, collapsed due to smoke inhalation, but she is in a stable condition.”
The cause of fire is still unknown.

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