16 Sep 2013 09:10
KEETMANSHOOP, 16 SEP (NAMPA) - A 33-year-old man from Karasburg made a brief appearance in the towns District Court on Monday charged with murder after he allegedly bumped and killed another man.
Martin Isaak allegedly had an argument with Ambrosius Witbooi, 41, at Karasburg on Saturday at about 16h00.
According to Namibian Police sources here, Witbooi left the spot where they were quarrelling on foot, but Isaak allegedly jumped into a vehicle, drove after Witbooi and bumped him.
The incident follows a similar one in August this year when a Karasburg-based farmer, Jan Adriaanse, 26, allegedly ran over 21-year-old Benjamin Jossop with his vehicle after suspecting him of stealing his sheep.
Jossop sustained injuries to his legs and spine.
Crime Investigations Coordinator of the Namibian Police Force (NamPol) in the //Karas Region, Deputy Commissioner Rudolf Isaak told Nampa on Monday that Witbooi sustained a broken leg.
He was taken to the State hospital in Karasburg on the same day, but passed away the following day at about 03h30.
The deputy commissioner could, however, not tell what the cause of the argument was, only stating that the matter is still being investigated.
I dont know if it is becoming a fashion for people in Karasburg to use vehicles to run over and bump other people when they disagree. It is not a good thing at all, Isaak stressed.
The suspect was not asked to plead, and was remanded in custody while police investigations are underway.
He is expected to appear in court on 14 October 2013 again.
In an unrelated incident, a student at the Namibia Institute of Mining and Technology (NIMT) in Keetmanshoop was found dead near the office of the //Karas Governor on Friday.
Police said the 28-year-old Mika Johannes was allegedly attacked by three unknown suspects who stabbed him with sharp objects, causing his death on the spot.
The incident took place at about 21h00 while the deceased was on his way from the town centre to the Tseiblaagte residential area.
Isaak said they have a few leads, but no prime suspects yet.
We are confident that soon, suspects will be apprehended and brought to book.
But in the meantime, police investigations into this matter continue, he noted.