Inmate dies in police holding cells at Rehoboth

23 Jul 2013 05:50
MARIENTAL, 23 JUL (NAMPA) - A 62-year-old male inmate died in the police holding cells at Rehoboth on Sunday, almost an hour after the police had returned him to the cells from a local hospital.
On Sunday at around 01h20, one of the inmates informed Namibian Police officers on duty that Roderick Lucas was not well because he had been vomiting, and was feeling dizzy.
Lucas was then taken to the hospital.
He, however, allegedly misbehaved and refused to cooperate with the nurse who was supposed to treat him at the St Mary’s State Hospital in Rehoboth.
The Namibian Police Force (NamPol)’s Hardap Regional Commander, Commissioner Kobus Meyer told Nampa on Tuesday that because Lucas refused treatment, the nurses could not attend to him, and he was taken back to the cells.
“Another prisoner reported to the police at about 14h10 that Lucas was just lying down, and appeared not to be breathing. The police went to inspect, and realised that he was indeed not breathing. They took him to the hospital, where he was pronounced dead,” Meyer indicated.
Lucas has been awaiting trial on a case of housebreaking, which was supposed to take place on 01 August this year.
Meyer indicated that the deceased’s next of kin have already been informed, and an autopsy will be performed to determine the cause of death.