29 Mar 2015 17:10pm
SWAKOPMUND, 29 MAR (NAMPA) A 30-year-old man from the Mondesa residential area of Swakopmund was stoned to death in the early morning hours of Saturday because he allegedly stole a cell phone.
Tulihaleni Kadhila lost his life at the hands of five men who allegedly assaulted him with bricks and beer bottles, after accusing him of stealing a cell phone from one of them.
The incident took place between 02h00 and 03h00 at a house in Mondesa where he died on the spot.
Namibian Police Force (NamPol)s Crime Investigations Coordinator for the Erongo Region, Deputy Commissioner, Ottilie Kashuupulwa confirmed the incident on Sunday.
The deceased sustained serious injuries on the forehead and died instantly, said the commissioner.
She noted that four suspects were arrested on Saturday afternoon and are expected to appear in the Swakopmund Magistrates Court on Monday.
On a separate incident, Kashuupulwa reported that Alfred Kameeta, age unknown, from Amorita Farm located between Okahandja and Karibib, died when a Caterpillar tractor he was travelling in overturned.
A caterpillar tractor is a heavy-duty vehicle, frequently used for moving earth in construction and farm work.
The incident took place on the road between Karibib and Okahandja on Saturday evening at about 23h00.
The commissioner explained that the deceased and four others were given a lift when the tractors driver lost control and it overturned.
It is suspected that the heavy-duty vehicle overturned after tripping over a water tunnel on the side of the road. The passengers were subsequently thrown off the tractor.
The deceased died on the spot and one passenger broke both legs, while the driver and two other passengers escaped without injuries, said Kashuupulwa.
The next of kin for both Kameeta and Kadhila were informed.