02 Oct 2013 12:00
ONGWEDIVA, 02 OCT (NAMPA) An assault case has been opened at the Outapi Police Station against a member of the Namibian Police Force (NamPol) for punching a young boy in the stomach.
Simeon Abraham Ndapuka, the brother of the victim and complainant, told Nampa in a telephonic interview recently that a certain police officer, only known as Ben, punched the boy with fists several times in the stomach for reasons not yet known.
The victim is 14-year-old Theofelus Abraham, a Grade Eight learner at the Outapi Town-based Power Station Christian School.
The assault apparently took place on 18 September between 16h00 and 17h00 near the office complex of the Outapi Town Council.
According to Ndapuka, the boy was coming from school together with four other boys when they found the suspected NamPol officer sitting with a colleague next to the Outapi Town Council building.
The two police officers then called a different boy from the group to go to them, and the others waited for their friend some metres away. The two officers then started asking what the rest of the boys were waiting for, Ndapuka told this news agency.
The boys replied that they were waiting for their friend.
It is then when the police officers singled out my younger brother, and called him to also go to them. One of the officers, identified only as Ben, started beating him several times in the stomach, and later ordered the boys to proceed with their walk back home, Ndapuka charged.
He pointed out that the victim suffered stomach pains and was taken to the Outapi District Hospital, where he received medical treatment the next day.
We want to know why a police officer has to assault a child. Therefore, we have opened a case against him, Ndapuka said.
Approached for comment on Wednesday, Warrant Officer Lineekela Shikongo of the public relations unit of NamPol in the Omusati Region confirmed to Nampa that a case docket has been opened with the police at Outapi, and provisional investigations have been carried out in that regard.
Shikongo, however, indicated that a Prosecutor-Generals decision on whether to prosecute the NamPol member in question or not is still awaited.
He could not name the accused officer on the grounds that he has not yet been charged.