Woman dies after alleged attack by husband and mistress

28 Apr 2015 19:00pm
WINDHOEK, 28 APR (NAMPA) – The mother of two minor girls died in Windhoek on Tuesday after she was allegedly assaulted by her husband and his mistress over the weekend.
Namibian Police Force (NamPol) spokesperson Deputy Commissioner Edwin Kanguatjivi told Nampa upon enquiry on Tuesday the police received a phone call on Friday about a woman who was seriously injured and taken to the Roman Catholic Hospital.
When the police arrived at the hospital they found that the woman, the 29-year-old Taleni Pombili Werner, was in critical condition.
Kanguatjivi said a case of attempted murder was opened against the woman’s husband, John Werner and his girlfriend, Rosalia Elifas which led to the arrest of the two who are both City Police officials.
They were charged with attempted murder and appeared in court on Monday. Kanguatjivi however said they will return to court this week on a charge of murder after Werner succumbed to her injuries.
Meanwhile, the late Werner's brother Tuhafeni Hamukwaya told this news agency the couple had been married since 2011, and have experienced problems before, some of which were reported to NamPol's Gender-Based Violence Investigation Unit (GBVIU).
“They had domestic problems which came a long way and she never reported some of the cases to the police because she was protecting the husband from losing his job,” he said.
Although he indicated that the family was not sure of what exactly transpired during the alleged assault, sources have indicated to Nampa that there was a physical altercation between Werner, her husband and Elifas.
Werner leaves behind two daughters aged seven years and eight-months.