Murder and mayhem in Erongo
A friendship between two fishermen ended tragically with the death of one during the early morning hours on Saturday.
A trail of blood in Skipper Street was testimony to what had transpired. Deputy Commissioner Ottilie Kashuupulwa confirmed the incident and said police officers are investigating a case of murder after Eduardo Strauss, 30, died in the street after he was stabbed in the neck with a kitchen knife.
The suspect, Eugen Koppetsch, 34 appeared before Magistrate Vicky Nicolaidis in the Walvis Bay Magistrate’s Court yesterday.
Nicolaidis postponed the case to August 13 for further investigation and in order for Koppetsch to obtain a legal representative.
Deputy Commissioner Kashuupulwa said Koppetsch went to the police station and handed himself over after the stabbing.
According to witnesses the two crew members of a snoek vessel were partying the whole day before an argument erupted between them. Strauss allegedly followed Koppetsch to his mother’s house where the stabbing occurred in the kitchen. Strauss fled from the house clutching his neck. Blood spatter on the pavement indicates that he collapsed several times while trying to reach his father’s house a few metres down the road.
Neighbours said they called an ambulance, but it never arrived. Strauss’s body was left lying in the street for several hours before police officers eventually arrived.
Deputy Commissioner Kashuupulwa also announced that the police are investigating a case of suicide after a young man, 18, shot himself at a property in David Hambundi Street in Kuisebmond just before midnight on Sunday.
“The victim apparently visited his uncle’s farm in Okambahe over the weekend. He removed his uncle’s firearm without the owner’s knowledge and consent, returned to Walvis Bay and used the weapon to commit suicide” said Kashuupulwa.
The Deputy Commissioner further expressed shock and dismay over what she described as blatant disregard for the rules of the road and unnecessary speeding which claimed the lives of three people in three crashes in the Erongo Region over the weekend.
“We recorded and are investigating three culpable homicide cases where three drivers died on Saturday and Sunday,” she said.
The driver of a Toyota Corolla died in a head-on collision 30 km outside Swakopmund on Sunday. The family of the deceased have yet to be informed of his death.
It is alleged that the deceased overtook two cars and a truck and collided with a GRN-registered Toyota Hilux travelling from the direction of Swakopmund. Two of five passengers involved in the accident sustained serious injuries and were transferred to Windhoek. Two others were admitted at Swakopmund hospital with minor injuries.
Champion Gaseb, the driver of an Isuzu bakkie, died on arrival at Usakos hospital after he lost control of the vehicle between Arandis and Usakos at approximately 05:05 on Saturday.
In another accident, Justice Shekunyenge, 42, a unit commander for Aviation Security at the Walvis Bay Airport, died on the spot after he lost control of a Golf GTI and it overturned 25 km from Omaruru.
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