Karasburg farmer runs over suspected sheep thief

25 Aug 2013 13:10
KEETMANSHOOP, 25 AUG (NAMPA) - A 26-year-old farmer from the Karasburg area was arrested and charged with attempted murder for allegedly using a vehicle to chase and run over a man he suspected of stealing his sheep.
The incident took place at Farm Groot Wortel at around 16h00 on Thursday, when the famer Jan Adriaanse approached Benjamin Jossop, 21, and asked him if he had stolen two sheep from his farm.
During the confrontation, Jossop allegedly denied having any knowledge of the sheep and then ran away. Adriaanse immediately hopped into his car and chased after him. He quickly caught up to Jossop and bumped him with the car, breaking the fleeing man two legs and injuring his his spine.
Crime Investigations Coordinator for the Namibian Police Force (NamPol) in the /Karas Region, Rudolf Isaak confirmed the incident to Nampa on Sunday, saying “the charge is attempted murder because there was an intention, it cannot be negligent driving”.
Isaak said Jossop was rushed to Windhoek for medical attention, where he is now said to be in a critical condition.
He further said the suspected stolen sheep were not recovered and it is still not yet clear if Jossop actually stole the animals.
State Prosecutor at Karasburg, Basson Lilungwe also confirmed on Sunday that Adriaanse appeared in the Karasburg District Court on Friday and was not asked to plead. He was remanded in custody and his case was postponed to Tuesday next week.
Lilungwe said because of the seriousness of the injuries to the victim the State refused to grant bail to the suspect.
Adriaanse’s legal representative, Percy McNally told the court that his client is willing to post bail of N.dollars 10 000, but the State turned it down to protect the interest of family members and public.