Suspect allegedly commits suicide inside police holding cells

09 Aug 2016 11:30am
OTJIWARONGO, 09 AUG (NAMPA) - A 35-year-old trial-awaiting suspect on Monday allegedly committed suicide by hanging himself with a T-shirt inside the police holding cells at Grootfontein.
The deceased has been identified as Vejamuavi Muhaindjumba.
His next of kin have been informed of his death.
Spokesperson of the Namibian Police Force (NamPol) in the Otjozondjupa Region, Warrant Officer Maureen Mbeha on Tuesday confirmed the suicide to Nampa, saying Muhaindjumba was arrested on 18 June and faced a charge of malicious damage to property.
She said Muhaindjumba and two other inmates, who were sharing cell five, were in a quarrel shortly before the suicide on Monday afternoon.
It is unclear what the quarrel was about.
Mbeha explained the police officers on duty at Grootfontein, who witnessed the quarrel between Muhaindjumba and his inmates, had separated the three by moving the other two inmates to different cells when the quarrel escalated.
Mbeha said shortly after separating them, Muhaindjumba’s body was found hanging dead from a shower iron bar inside cell five where he remained alone.