Alleged toddler killer Kaambu commits suicide

20 May 2014 10:50am
By Charles Tjatindi
GOBABIS, 20 MAY (NAMPA) – The woman who allegedly caused the death of four-year-old Fortuna Tenete on Monday evening took her own life at the Gobabis Prison, where she had been held.
Loise Kaambu, 33, was facing a charge of murder after she allegedly smashed Tenete's head against the floor over an argument she had with the boy's mother, Kaarina Mateus, 29, on 21 January this year.
She was transferred to the Gobabis Prison from the Wanaheda police station holding cells to avoid her harming other inmates.
The Namibian Police Force (NamPol)’s Regional Commander for the Omaheke Region, Commissioner Josephat Abel told Nampa on Tuesday that Kaambu committed suicide by hanging herself with a pantyhose from the ceiling of her cell at around 19h00.
Her death comes merely days after the Office of the Ombudsman issued a report of its investigations into matters surrounding the death of Tenete.
A NamPol statement during a media briefing shortly after the incident in January confirmed that a fight between Kaambu and the boy’s mother in the holding cells on 21 January this year allegedly led to the death of the boy.
Tenete was incarcerated with his mother at the time.
The incident took place between 14h00 and 15h00, and the boy died at the Katutura State Hospital at around 19h45 on that same day.
Mateus was in custody on shoplifting charges, and had failed to post bail of N.dollars 500.
Kaambu was in custody for assault with the intent to cause grievous bodily harm then.
Police investigations into Kaambu's suicide continue.