Boy allegedly shoots self dead with police officer’s pistol

26 Dec 2014 16:20pm
OTJIWARONGO, 26 DEC (NAMPA) – A 14-year-old boy allegedly shot himself dead with a pistol belonging to a police officer at Otjiwarongo on Thursday evening.
The deceased has been identified as Neumann Oaseb. He was a Grade 8 learner at the Paresis Senior Secondary School this year.
The Namibian Police Force (NamPol)’s Otjozondjupa Regional Public Relations Officer, Warrant Officer Maureen Mbeha said he shot himself in the neck with a pistol picked up along Issack Gurirab Street in the Orwetoveni residential area of Otjiwarongo on Thursday evening.
It is suspected that the pistol belonging to a 51-year-old Police Sergeant fell off when he jumped from a police vehicle to attend to an attempted rape in the same street.
“It is alleged that after the pistol fell from the sergeant police officer, a young girl who was with Oaseb and others picked it up. Oaseb then grabbed it from her and walked a few metres while playing with it when a shot went off hitting him in the neck. He died on the spot,” said Mbeha.
The police officer only noticed that his pistol was gone when he needed it about 30 minutes later, and found it lying next to a dead Oaseb.
The pistol’s serial number corresponds with the private firearm licence of the sergeant.
An inquest docket no. 12/2014 had been opened at the Otjiwarongo Police Station.
Oaseb’s aunty, Selma Tsibes on Friday called on NamPol to open a case against the sergeant for negligence.
“Oaseb did not know anything about guns. He perhaps thought it was a toy gun. The whole blame here goes to the negligence of the police officer who lost his gun without realising it on time,” said Tsibes.
In a separate incident, Mbeha said a 64-year-old Jean du Toit was found dead with a gunshot wound in the chest inside his house at Okahandja on Friday morning.
It is alleged that Du Toit shot himself at about 07h00.
He did not leave behind any suicide note.
Police investigations in both cases continue.