Officer who allegedly attacked wife and neighbours gets bail

15 Jul 2014 16:20pm
OTJIWARONGO, 15 JUL (NAMPA) – An Otjiwarongo police officer who was arrested on Sunday for allegedly assaulting his wife and threatening to set her alight in the Orwetoveni residential area, posted bail on Monday.
After allegedly attacking his wife, he reportedly proceeded to assault two neighbours who had attempted to intervene.
Constable Werner Shilongo, 36, appeared before Otjiwarongo magistrate Helvi Shilemba on Monday, where he was informed of his right to engage a private lawyer, apply for a State-funded lawyer through the Ministry of Justice’s Legal Aid Directorate or defend himself in court.
He indicated that he would engage a private lawyer, and was granted bail of N.dollars 500, which he paid on the same day.
His case was postponed to 18 August this year for further police investigations.
Prosecutor Sakaria Kuutondokwa represented the State.
The Namibian Police Force (NamPol)’s Otjozondjupa Regional Public Relations’ Officer, Sergeant Maureen Mbeha told Nampa on Monday that Shilongo was arrested on Sunday afternoon on a charge of domestic violence.
He also faces two other charges of common assault and assault through threatening opened against him by the neighbours he had allegedly attacked on Saturday afternoon.
It is alleged that Shilongo punched and kicked his wife Selma Mukaru, 36, inside her house on Saturday afternoon.
The six-year-old son of a neighbour went to see why Mukaru was screaming, and the police officer apparently also kicked him in the stomach once.
The boy’s father, Albert Urirapi, 43, then went to check on both his son and Mukaru.
According to Mbeha, he was punched in the face by the police officer and then returned to his house with his son, only for the officer to pursue them.
The 33-year-old Justine Vetamunisa, Urirapi’s wife, who is six-months pregnant, was standing in the yard of their home and attempted to stop the police officer, but he allegedly then slapped her and pushed her.
The woman fell on her back before some onlookers intervened and managed to put an end to the attack.
Mbeha said the police officer’s wife and his two neighbours laid charges against him at the Otjiwarongo police station on Saturday night.
According to the police officer, no case was opened in connection with the attack on the six-year-old boy.
He thus far faces three charges: domestic violence, common assault and assault through threatening under CR no. 55/07/2014, 55/07/2014 and 58/07/2014.
A member of the Otjozondjupa police’s Internal Investigations’ Unit, Inspector Naukalemo Andreas arrested the suspect at his house in Orwetoveni on Sunday afternoon.
Police investigations continue.