Swapo's Omatako district co-ordinator accused of assault

20 Mar 2014 11:50am
OTJIWARONGO, 20 MAR (NAMPA) – The Swapo-Party’s district co-ordinator for Omatako in the Otjozondjupa Region was remanded in custody on Monday on a charge of assault.
Ezen-cretes Kaunatjike, 37, was arrested last Friday after he allegedly attacked his girlfriend, hitting her in the face.
The Namibian Police Force (NamPol)’s Otjozondjupa Regional Public Relations Officer, Sergeant Maureen Mbeha told Nampa in an interview on Thursday Kaunatjike appeared in court on a charge of assault with intent to cause grievous bodily harm.
“He appeared in the Okahandja Magistrate’s Court on Monday,” she said, adding that he was denied bail.
It is alleged Kaunatjike and the complainant, Lea Tjikotoke, had a fight at Okandjira village in the area of Ovitoto on Thursday night.
A police report availed to this news agency said during the fight, he allegedly “attacked the 25-year-old Tjikotoke with clenched fists and as a result her left eye swelled”.
She received medical treatment at the Okahandja State Hospital on Friday.
She indicated in her written statement that Kaunatjike should not be granted bail as he has allegedly continuously abused her for the past six years they have been living together at Okandjira village.
She also stated she fears for her life if he is released on bail.
Kaunatjike was remanded in custody and his next court appearance is 17 April 2014.
Police investigations into the matter continue.
Meanwhile, Omatako Constituency Councillor Isaskar Kaujeua confirmed on enquiry Wednesday that the party’s district co-ordinator for Omatako is still being held at the Okahandja Police holding cells on a charge of assault.