Omungwelume learner survives knife attack by boyfriend

11 Sep 2016 19:20pm
ONGWEDIVA, 11 SEP (NAMPA) – An 18-year-old Grade 11 pupil from the Omungwelume Secondary School was stabbed seven times by her boyfriend at the settlement on Thursday evening.
She survived the incident and was admitted to the Oshakati Intermediate Hospital the same evening.
Inspector Slogan Matheus of the Namibian Police Force (NamPol)’s Public Relations Division confirmed the incident to Nampa on Sunday, saying the suspect remained at large as of Sunday.
Matheus said the suspect is a resident of Oshikango in the Ohangwena Region, from where he travelled to Omungwelume, in the same region, on Thursday.
“The information we have is that he picked up the victim from her room near the school and drove her in his car a few kilometres from the Omungwelume settlement on the Oshakati-Omungwelume road, where the incident took place in the bush alongside that road,” he said.
She ran from the scene to a village called Ohaali, where villagers assisted her and informed the Omungwelume police who helped take her to the hospital.
Matheus said the police are hard at work to track down the suspect.
Omungwelume residents Nampa spoke to said the victim is one of many young girls from elsewhere in the region who find themselves renting rooms at the settlement due to the absence of school hostels.
The same resident said many girls engage in love relations with men for survival.
It remains unknown as to why the suspect decided to stab the victim.
Omungwelume is situated in the Ongenga Constituency, some 40 kilometres south-west of Oshikango.