Fire claims life

Crime report

27 September 2020 | Crime

Basilius Mbambo (34) lost his life in a shack fire in the DRC settlement in Swakopmund early on Sunday morning.

The deceased and another man were sleeping. Their neighbour who is a distant cousin to the victims, heard a person screaming for help and crying.

When he left his home to investigate, he saw that the ghetto was on fire. It was then already too late to do anything to save Mbambo.

The other victim, Likuwa Kaheke Nicodemus (22), sustained third degree burns to his arms and head. He is in stable condition at the Swakopmund State Hospital.

The cause of the fire is still unknown.

Second fire

Another shack caught fire in the same suburb on Friday just after 15:00.
No injuries were sustained or lives lost in this incident, but all property inside the shack burnt to ash.

The cause of the fire is known.

A resident of the property, who is a family member of the shack owner, said that the shack had a faulty electricity box.

The shack owner was not at home when the fire started. Investigations continue.

Murder

A murder suspect is still at large after attacking and stabbing Wilhelm Nghiimodino Mikka (45) four times under his left arm and on his back with an unknown object.

The victim was on his way home around 01:40 when the incident occurred.
After the alleged stabbing, the suspect/s allegedly took the deceased's wallet and fled.

The victim was found unconscious in the street by police and was taken to the Swakopmund state hospital where he passed away.
Four persons of interest were detained for questioning and the main suspect, who is still at large, was identified. The police are working to trace and arrest him.

Armed robbery suspect arrested

A suspect wanted in connection with an armed robbery at the Puma Service Station in Kuisebmund on 15 September, was arrested on Saturday.

The suspect will appear at the Walvis Bay magistrate’s court on Monday, while the search for three other suspects is ongoing.

The stolen property has not been recovered yet.

Accident

The police are investigating a case of culpable homicide and reckless or negligent driving after a vehicle overturned on the D1991 Goanikontes road in the Arandis district on Saturday.

According to deputy commissioner Erastus Iikuyu, a white Chevrolet Spark (N9186WB) with three occupants including the driver was travelling from Walvis Bay via Swakopmund to Goanikontes when the accident happened.

“The driver lost control and the vehicle overturned approximately 5km from the B2 main road. The driver, Nadia Van Zyl (40), sustained serious injuries and passed away shortly after her arrival at Cottage hospital in Swakopmund. Her daughter and a female family friend sustained minor injuries. The passengers were treated at the Cottage hospital and were discharged.”

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