Pensioner attacks pensioner in wheelchair

01 Jul 2015 10:50am
OTJIWARONGO, 01 JUL (NAMPA) – A 78-year-old wheelchair bound pensioner was allegedly stabbed to death by a 67-year-old neighbour at the Immanuel Old Age Home in Okahandja on Tuesday.
The Namibian Police Force (NamPol)’s Otjozondjupa Regional Public Relations Officer, Warrant Officer Maureen Mbeha told Nampa in an interview on Wednesday that the incident occurred at approximately 17h25 on Tuesday afternoon.
“The deceased’s name cannot be revealed now as his close relatives are yet to be informed,” she said.
Okahandja residents on Wednesday were still in shock and saddened by the pensioner’s death, as an incident like this has never happened there before, said the police officer.
She said police’s preliminary investigations indicate that the suspect stabbed the deceased with a kitchen knife, once in the left side of the neck. He died on the spot.
Mbeha said it is alleged the two pensioners had a heated argument on Tuesday afternoon at the old age home where they lived.
The police spokesperson said after the quarrel, the suspect had apparently exited their quarters, adding that as soon as he returned, the deceased was attacked while in a wheelchair.
“We still don’t know what the two had quarrelled about and what started the quarrel,” Mbeha said.
She said the suspect was allegedly found under the influence of alcohol at the time of arrest.
The knife suspected to have been used in the alleged attack was also found lying on the ground next to the deceased.
The home’s matron, Sofia Naobes told this news agency on Wednesday that the deceased and the suspect were housed in a two bedroom flat at the old age home.
Each had his own room and only shared the bathroom, she said.
Naobes explained that when she returned from town on Wednesday shortly after 17h30, she was informed about a loud noise that came from the room where the suspect and the deceased had lived together.
Naobes said when she entered the quarters of the two pensioners, she saw the deceased seated in his wheelchair and in a pool of blood already dead.
“That time, the suspect was still standing there. I asked him why he stabbed the deceased and he replied that the deceased had beaten him. I could not verify his side with the deceased as he was already dead,” explained the matron who has been working there for 27 years.
The centre is now a home to 39 pensioners.
The suspect was arrested the same day and is expected to appear in the Okahandja Magistrate’s Court on Thursday.
Police investigations continue.