“Gangster” kids back in school
THE police in Oshana Region had no choice but to release three children “gangsters” after a four-day stint in the Nampol’s Ongwediva police custody.
The kids, who are between ages nine and eleven were arrested after they stubbornly refused to divulge to law enforcers the whereabouts of money they had allegedly stolen from an Angolan tourist two weeks ago.
The revelation of the children’s time in custody was, however, met with concerns with many claiming that it is totally unlawful for children under eighteen to be held in custody.
According to one of the childrens’ mother who has been visiting her daughter at the police station in Ongwediva, the kids were all sent home after sending officer on a wild goose chase.
Apparently, the children, all from Okandjengedhi village in the Oshana Region, as usual went to Maroela Mall Shopping Centre in Ongwediva on Saturday, 14 Fe-
bruary to beg for money from tourists.
An Angolan family on a visit to Ongwediva became victims of this group of beggars who distracted the group before they ran off with a backpack containing travelling documents, a camera and two mobile phones along with cash to the amount of N$30 000.
One of the boys was apprehended at his residence in Okandjengedhi.
During interrogation under supervision of his mother, one of the boys confessed at the Oshakati Magistrates’ Court that the three of them, who live in separate homes, usually trek out to the malls to beg.
According to the boy, the 11-year-old girl pretended to assist the Angolans to carry shopping bags to the car when suddenly she bolted and ran away.
“These kids have stubbornly refused to tell the police where they took the money, police ran round and about in search for the money after the kids told them of various places where they had allegedly hidden the money.
They even claimed to have buried the money at some place near the Okandjengedhi bridge, yet when the police dug up the place they found nothing.
There seems to be nothing else that can be done. The kids are all back in school now,” said the mother.