Omungwelume attacker appears in court

15 Oct 2016 13:00pm
OMUNGWELUME, 15 OCT (NAMPA) – A 30-year-old man accused of stabbing his girlfriend – a learner at Omungwelume Senior Secondary School - made his second appearance in court on Friday.
Tuhafeni Nauyoma reappeared before a periodical magistrate’s court at the Omungwelume settlement in the Ongenga Constituency.
Learners of the school Friday morning staged a peaceful demonstration through the settlement’s main street, asking the court to deny Nauyoma bail.
However, Chief Magistrate Mika Namweya, who presided over the attempted murder case, postponed the matter to 17 November to allow for further police investigations.
Although Nauyoma has the right to launch a formal bail application, Public Prosecutor Chrisna Masule informed Namweya that the State will oppose the granting of bail because of the seriousness of the offence.
Nauyoma, who is from Oshikango also in the Ohangwena Region, was not asked to plea. He allegedly on 08 September drove from Oshikango to Omungwelume settlement, picked the 18-year-old Grade 11 learner up and took her into the bush at Ohaali village, some five kilometres away, and stabbed her with a knife.
It is still not known why he stabbed the girl.
She managed to escape and was assisted by people at a nearby homestead who called the Omungwelume police.
The girl was rushed to the Oshakati Intermediate Hospital where she received medical treatment for several days.
Nauyoma was arrested on 14 September after he allegedly attempted suicide at Oshikango the previous day.
Teachers from the school informed Nampa on Friday that the girl has been discharged and is back at school. She is apparently unable to use one of her hands as it was injured in the attack.