Pregnant woman strangled to death in Aminuis

28 Jul 2014 17:10pm
GOBABIS, 28 JUL (NAMPA) - A 25-year-old pregnant woman was allegedly strangled to death by her boyfriend at the Otjongombe village in the Aminuis Constituency of the Omaheke Region on Saturday morning.
The suspect in the matter is a 35-year-old resident of the same village.
The couple were allegedly returning from a night of drinking when an argument broke out on their way home at about 04h00 on Saturday morning.
It is not known what had sparked the argument.
The Namibian Police Force (NamPol)’s investigating team confirmed that although the argument did not erupt into a serious physical fight, the woman was, however, left dead after being allegedly strangled.
NamPol Deputy Commissioner Marcellus Maritshane told Nampa on Monday that a murder docket was opened in connection with the incident, while the suspect has been arrested and has been remanded in police custody.
Maritshane said early investigations into the matter have confirmed that the deceased was highly pregnant, and was on medical treatment for high blood pressure.
“We are waiting on the results of a post-mortem to determine the exact cause of death. Once we know that, we will be able to determine the course of our investigations,” he stated.
The incident happened a stone’s throw away from the Riruako clan’s homestead, where revellers were enjoying festivities as more couples
wed in honour of the departed OvaHerero Paramount Chief Kuaima Riruako. A total of 22 couples married on 05 July in Riruako's honour - a week after the chief's burial. Last weekend's mass marriage was the second, and 10 couples got married.
The identities of both the accused and the deceased could not be independently verified at the time of filing this article.