Swakop cop dies after being run over by unlicensed driver

25 Oct 2015 15:20pm
SWAKOPMUND, 25 OCT (NAMPA) - A 55-year-old police officer from Swakopmund who was tracking the footprints of a suspect in a housebreaking case died after he was run over by a vehicle.
The incident took place near the flyover bridge next to the municipal bungalows in Swakopmund, in the early morning hours of Saturday.
The Namibian Police Force’s (NamPol) Crime Investigations Co-ordinator in the Erongo Region, Deputy Commissioner Otillie Kashuupulwa confirmed the incident to Nampa on Sunday.
She identified the deceased as Sergeant Sakeus Tobias, a member of the Swakopmund crime prevention unit.
Kashuupulwa said the deceased along with some other officers received a call to attend to a burglary, and when they arrived at the house they started tracking the footprints of the suspect which crossed the Nathanael Maxwilili Road near the flyover.
“While trying to cross the road, the deceased was hit by a vehicle which overtook another vehicle and died on the spot,” Kashuupulwa said.
A 21-year-old man was arrested in connection with the accident and charged with culpable homicide, drinking and driving, reckless and/or negligent driving, as well as driving a vehicle on a public road without a driver’s licence.
In an unrelated incident at Otjimbingwe, the 27-year-old Robert Michael lost his life at the hands of a minor following a stabbing.
This incident also took place on Saturday morning at Otjimbingwe Inn, after the deceased and the 17-year-old male suspect were involved in an argument.
“He was stabbed with a knife on the right side of the neck and died on the spot. The suspect then ran away but was arrested shortly thereafter and charged with murder,” said the Deputy Commissioner.