259 assault GBH cases reported over festive season

07 Jan 2015 10:00am
WINDHOEK, 07 JAN (NAMPA) - The City Police Chief, Abraham Kanime, has described the festive season as a black month, which resulted in a high number of cases of Assault with intent to do Grievous-Bodily-Harm (Assault-GBH). A total of 259 cases were recorded in Windhoek in December 2014.
The cases reported were mainly alcohol related and involved people who were in romantic relationships with each other, as well as people assaulted in violent crimes like robberies.
Kanime told Nampa in an interview on Tuesday that not less than 40 cases of assault-GBH were recorded every week since the start of December.
He said the figure however marks a decrease in assault-GBH cases for 2014 by 11 per cent from a total of 2643 compared to the year 2013 when 2965 cases were recorded.
Kanime said some of the incidents reported occurred after people came from drinking sprees.
He added that alcohol abuse remains a problem as it is the underlying contributing factor to violent crimes like assault-GBH.
He also indicated that another violent crime that was of great concern to the City Police was the murders that took place over the festive period.
Kanime could however not give details of some of the cases reported, as investigations are currently underway and some of the cases are in court.
Nine cases of murder were reported to the City Police since the start of December.
Among those cases was the murder of a Windhoek male resident, who was stabbed with a broken bottle in Ausspanplatz on 23 December 2014.
According to Kanime, the suspect and the victim went on a drinking spree together and it was later reported that the suspect had stabbed the victim in the forehead and arm.
The victim was rushed to the Katutura State hospital, but later succumbed to his wounds on Christmas day.
He said people who were involved in incidents of stabbing or any other form of murder knew each other well in most cases.
The City Police Chief said the Havana and Okuryangava informal settlements had the most crimes reported.
(NAMPA)
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