Weekend marred by rape and murder

Crime Report

20 September 2020 | Crime

Ileni Shapumba; Police inspector; “Why do you need to be told to behave yourselves?”

Walvis Bay • [email protected]

It was a bloody weekend for the Erongo region, with an alleged gang rape and a murder reported in the first weekend after the State of Emergency lapsed.

Deputy commissioner Erastus Iikuyu, the regional crime coordinator, confirmed that the police are investigating a case of murder after a man (28) was stabbed with a broken bottle. The incident occurred in front of Komilunga Bar in Mondesa, Swakopmund between 22:00 and 23:00 on Saturday.

“The deceased was allegedly involved an altercation with the 26-year-old suspect who stabbed him on the left side of his neck. The victim died on the spot. The suspect was arrested at the scene. He will appear in the Swakopmund Magistrate’s Court on Monday,” Iikuyu said.

The deceased was identified as Raynes Raimanu Bekeur (28) and his next of kin was informed.

Rapes

A woman was allegedly gang raped by two men between 05:00 and 06:00 on Saturday morning at the coast.

According to Ikuyu, the incident happened in an open area between Vrede Rede Primary School and Festus Gonteb Primary School in Mondesa. The victim (23) was coming from a friend's house in Tamariskia where they had been drinking.

“She was on her way home on foot when a man allegedly approached her and asked for a cell phone. The victim started fighting this person and while doing so, another three men (suspects) joined the attack on her. They grabbed her and forced her to the ground. While two men held her down the other two raped her.”

Iikuyu appealed to anyone who has information regarding the incident to contact him at 081 246 4757 or detective chief inspector Shangula at 081 667 6820 or the nearest police station. Any information will be treated with confidentiality.

Another case of rape involving a girl (15) was reported at the Swakopmund municipal bungalows on Wednesday between 21:00 and 22:00. “The suspect (26) who is employed as a driver at the Swakopmund State Hospital, had sexual acts with the victim without her consent.”

The municipal bungalows serve as a Covid-19 isolation facility. The suspect was arrested on Friday morning and will appear at the Swakopmund Magistrate’s Court on Monday.
Investigations into the matter continue.

Fire

A two-month-old baby sustained serious injuries when the bed he was sleeping in, caught fire in the DRC location in Swakopmund. The incident occurred at about 21:00 on Friday night.

“The fire started while the boy’s parents were in the living room of the ghetto. They managed to extinguish the fire but the baby sustained serious burn wounds. He was rushed to Swakopmund state hospital where he is currently admitted. The bed is the only the property that was damaged in the fire.”

According to Ikuyu, the preliminary investigation findings indicated that a generator is used as a source of power. “The cause of fire is thus unknown at this stage. The investigation is ongoing”

Concealment of birth

A case of concealment of birth is being investigated after a body of a baby girl was discovered among the rubbish in a skip bin in Arandis.

Iikuyu said that an employee of the Arandis town council, who was cleaning in the open space next to the Swapo office, made the gruesome discovery and alerted the police.

“No suspect has been identified at this stage. The baby girl was certified dead at Arandis state clinic and was taken to Walvis Bay police mortuary for post-mortem examination,” he said.

With freedom comes responsibility

Inspector Illeni Shapumba, the commander for community affairs in the Erongo region, said that the public should remember that with freedom comes responsibility.

“It simply boils down to lack of responsibility. We cannot put restrictions or curfews in place again just because a few individuals cannot behave themselves. People should appreciate the freedom but exercise responsibility. At the same time, the public have the duty to protect themselves from danger as well. Since the state of emergency lapsed, and only a few restrictions remain, this should shape our attitudes.”

Shapumba said that the police have come across many members of the public not wearing their masks on a number of occasion since the expiration of the state of emergency.

“The wearing of masks remains mandatory. Why should the police tell you to wear your mask? Act responsibly. Why do you need to be told to behave yourselves?”

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