Police constable arrested for killing man in Katutura

11 Aug 2013 10:40
WINDHOEK, 11 AUG (NAMPA) – A Namibian Police officer was arrested for shooting and killing a man at the Shandumbala residential area of Katutura on Saturday.
Namibian Police Force (NamPol) Head of Media Relations, Chief Inspector Kauna Shikwambi said during the Sunday media briefing here that the policeman was off duty at the time, and handed himself over to the Katutura Police Station after shooting dead 22-year-old Joel Martin at about 13h50 on Saturday.
Shikwambi said an argument erupted when the suspect, who was driving his private vehicle, requested the deceased to refrain from walking on the road as it is dangerous.
Martin allegedly attempted to hit the police constable with a bottle which he had in his hand, and in self defence, the officer drew his private pistol and shot the deceased in the chest.
He died on the spot.
The suspect remains in custody, and is expected to appear in the Katutura Magistrate’s Court on Monday. Police investigations into the matter continue.
In a separate incident, three men were arrested on Friday at about 16h00 after a string of crimes committed in the Goreangab area of the capital.
The trio allegedly first threatened a taxi driver with a knife and then removed an unidentified amount of money from his vehicle, before assaulting another man a few minutes later.
Thereafter, the three attempted to rob a third man of his crate of beers when a fight broke out between the four.
One of the suspects was shot by the victim in the neck, and was admitted to the Katutura State Hospital in a critical condition.
The other two suspects are now in police custody, and are expected to appear in the Katutura Magistrate’s Court on Monday. Police investigations continue.
Also in Windhoek, a 42-year-old woman was stabbed with a knife in the neck by her partner on Saturday at a bar in the Soweto location at about 21h00.
The couple were allegedly having drinks when an argument erupted between them.
The victim, Priscilla Links, was rushed to the Katutura State Hospital, where she is recovering from her injuries.
The suspect was arrested, and is expected to appear in the Katutura Magistrate’s Court on Monday. Police investigations continue.
(NAMPA)
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