Henties Bay gallows set alight

30 June 2020 | Local News

Henties Bay


An incident of malicious damage to the gallows in Henties Bay was reported to the Namibia Police Force (NamPol).

According to the NamPol’s crime investigation coordinator in the Erongo region, deputy commissioner Erastus Iikuyu, unknown suspects allegedly attempted to burn down the Henties Bay gallows.

Iikuyu said that the suspects used methylated spirits to set the gallows on fire on Saturday, but did not succeed.

“They also tried to cut the gallows down using an unknown object, but failed. The rope that hanged like a noose attached to the gallows, was also removed. We suspect this could have been done by the same persons who tried to cut down the gallows and set it on fire.”

The investigation team could not establish which set of footprints at the scene belonged to the suspect(s).

“Many people visited the scene after two videos about the incident circulated on social media on Sunday,” Iikuyu said.

The gallows’ custodian did not yet register a case after the incident.

The motive for the vandalism is unclear.

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