Trial-awaiting suspect escapes from custody

02 Dec 2014 11:10am
RUNDU, 02 DEC (NAMPA) - A trial-awaiting suspect escaped from custody at the Rundu Magistrate’s Court on Monday.
The suspect allegedly escaped while being accompanied by members of the Namibian Police Force (NamPol) at around 12h45, shortly after the court was adjourned.
NamPol’s acting Crime Investigations’ Coordinator for the Kavango East Region, Detective Chief Inspector Chrispin Mubebo confirmed to Nampa on Tuesday that the man escaped, but could not provide any details on the matter as he was still waiting for information from officers on the ground.
The suspect, Immanuel Shadipeni, age unknown, was allegedly with 12 other inmates when he escaped from the police vehicle which was taking them back to the police cells after the court was adjourned.
He apparently jumped a boundary wall and a fence at the Rundu Magistrate’s Court, and disappeared into the nearby bushes.
Shadipeni has a pending case of theft out of a motor- vehicle, and is already serving an eight-month sentence after being found guilty of being in possession of illegal firearms.
Although the police attempted to pursue the suspect, he is still at large.
The search continues.