NDF soldier shoots man dead in Katutura

09 Aug 2013 07:10
WINDHOEK, 09 AUG (NAMPA) - A 39-year-old member of the Namibian Defence Force (NDF) was arrested by members of the Namibian Police Force (NamPol)'s Serious Crime Unit on Wednesday, shortly after he allegedly shot and killed a man during a heated quarrel in Katutura.
The arrested soldier, whose name cannot be made public at this time as he is yet to appear before court, allegedly shot and killed Simon Natangwe Iipinge on the same day in the Greenwell Matongo residential area.
A media statement issued by NamPol's Public Relations Division and availed to Nampa on Friday, had it that the soldier shot the deceased Iipinge in the chest at close range when the two men were embroiled in a heated quarrel at the premises of the 'Kitchener Take Away' outlet in Greenweall Matongo residential area.
Natangwe was pronounced dead upon arrival at the Katutura State Hospital where he was taken for medical treatment.
According to the police statement, shortly after the shooting incident which claimed Iipinge's life, some unknown members of the public who were onlookers at the scene of crime, took the law into their own hands and hit the soldier with stones, inflicting serious bodily injuries.
The soldier was, however, rescued when the police intervened in the matter by stopping the angry members of the public from further assaulting him.
The arrested soldier is now admitted in the Katutura State Hospital under strict police guard.
In an unrelated incident, items worth N.dollars 41 000 were allegedly stolen from a house in Windhoek West when a group of unknown persons broke into the house on Tuesday and stole the property.
The stolen items included television sets, laptops, wrist watches, handbags, clothing and blankets.
No one has been arrested in connection with the alleged burglary yet, and police investigations are underway.
A 27-year-old man was arrested by the police on Tuesday at the eastern town of Gobabis in the Omaheke Region after they were allegedly found in possession of three-and-a-half parcels containing 804 grams of cannabis with a street value of N.dollars 2 412.
The alleged drug dealer was arrested during routine police operations at the town, and police investigations are continuing to determine the origin of the drugs.