Electrocuted suspect to face the music

Recovering in hospital

10 June 2020 | Crime

Erastus Iikuyu; Regional coordinator of crime investigation; “The public is warned not to tamper with power cables because it is illegal.”

Swakopmund


A 20-year-old man sustained serious burn injuries yesterday, after being suspected of tampering with one of Erongo RED’s (Regional Electricity Distributor) poles in Swakopmund.

According NamPol’s regional crime investigations coordinator Erastus Iikuyu, Erongo RED has opened a case of theft and malicious damage to property (estimated at N$80 000) against the suspect.

“The investigation team visited the Swakopmund state hospital and found a 20-year-old man who was brought in with serious burn injuries. He is suspected to have been electrocuted at one of the Erongo RED poles in the area, according to evidence found at the scene,” he said.

The suspect is still in the Swakopmund State Hospital in a serious but stable condition.

Iikuyu urged the public not to meddle with power equipment of electricity distributors, saying such action could be fatal.

“The public should refrain from tampering with power cables. It is illegal and dangerous. One can lose her/his life,” he reiterated.

Power supply of the Erongo RED base station behind NamWater in Swakopmund tripped on Monday at approximately 22:30. Erongo RED employees were instructed by the area manager to do a follow up yesterday morning to find what had led to the electricity interruption the previous night.

They found a spot where the cables had been cut. It looked like someone was electrocuted or injured at the site because they also found blood on the ground.

In other news, the police requested the public’s assistance in identifying suspects who broke into Shop-4-Value Supermarket in Kuisebmond and stole N$21 000 worth of cash on Tuesday.

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