State witness in murder case allegedly commits suicide

16 Dec 2014 14:50pm
OTJIWARONGO, 16 DEC (NAMPA) – A State witness in a murder case at Okondjatu allegedly committed suicide on Sunday evening inside the Okondjatu auction pens.
The Namibian Police Force (NamPol)’s Otjozondjupa Regional Public Relations’ Officer, Warrant Officer Maureen Mbeha told Nampa on Tuesday that the deceased is 19-year-old Kuhatjiua Muvangua, who was found dead on Monday morning.
His next of kin have been informed.
Muvangua was one of the key State witnesses in a murder incident which occurred in July this year at Okondjatu, situated more than 200 kilometres south-east of Otjiwarongo in the Otjozondjupa Region.
He was expected to testify in the Okakarara Magistrate’s Court on 28 January 2015 on how a suspect allegedly assaulted and stabbed a 27-year-old man to death on 28 July 2014.
The 19-year-old suspect is still in the police holding cells at Okondjatu.
Mbeha said Muvangua was socialising with friends at a local shebeen in Okondjatu earlier that Sunday evening.
According to the police’s preliminary investigations, Muvangua left the shebeen, but told his friends he would return shortly.
“He exited the shebeen in a relaxed mood, but never came back,” explained Mbeha.
A passer-by on Monday morning found his lifeless body - on his knees and with a rope tied around his neck.
No foul play is suspected at the moment, the police officer noted.
Meanwhile, this suspected suicide is the eighth in the Okondjatu area this year.
Mbeha urged community members who are experiencing social problems to seek help from the police’s counselling services.