Farmer strangled to death over grazing land

20 Nov 2016 14:50pm
OTJIWARONGO, 20 NOV (NAMPA) - A 50-year-old farmer in the Otjituuo district was Saturday morning strangled to death, allegedly by his 37-year-old cousin.
The deceased has been identified as Johannes Tjiriange and his close relatives have been informed.
Spokesperson of the Namibian Police Force (NamPol) in the Otjozondjupa Region, Warrant Officer Maureen Mbeha told Nampa Sunday that the suspect is a cousin of the deceased and has been arrested on a charge of murder.
“It is alleged the deceased had driven his herd of sheep into the grazing camp of the suspect situated adjacent to his homestead in the Ondjamo village.”
Ondjamo village is situated about 60 kilometres east of Otjituuo in the Okakarara Constituency of the Otjozondjupa Region.
Mbeha said the police’s preliminary investigations indicate Tjiriange and the suspect apparently argued over the piece of grazing land.
She said it is alleged the suspect refused Tjiriange to graze his sheep on his camp and chased the sheep away. Tjiriange had already driven his livestock into the camp.
Mbeha said a fight is suspected to have occurred between the two during which the suspect allegedly strangled Tjiriange to death as per visible marks on his neck.
The suspect is expected to appear in the Grootfontein Magistrate’s Court on Monday.
Police investigations continue.