24 May 2013 09:30
OUTJO, 24 MAY (NAMPA) ? Fresh evidence has surfaced that links a 39-year-old man to the death of his six-year-old stepson at their house in Outjo last Thursday.
According to the Namibian Police Force (NamPol)?s Otjozondjupa Regional Crime Investigations? Co-ordinator, Deputy Commissioner Moses Khairabeb, the accused was arrested in Outjo on Thursday this week after post-mortem results linked him to the death of the boy.
The accused works at the Outjo Senior Secondary School girls? hostel as a labourer.
?He was the only adult in the house when the boy died, and there were two other minor children in the house at the time,? said Khairabeb in an interview with Nampa on Friday.
The top cop said information obtained by NamPol in Outjo has it that the mother of the boy, who is the girlfriend of the accused man, had apparently left their home with another man on 15 May 2013.
The boyfriend (accused) then waited for her at home for a long time on that day. When she did not turn up, he questioned the boy, and later allegedly beat him up in an effort to force him to talk.
?The boy sustained bruises in his mouth, and was later allegedly strangled to death at an unknown time between 15 and 16 May 2013,? Khairabeb explained.
The accused then reported to the Outjo police station on 16 May 2013 at 06h30 that when he woke up that morning, he found the boy dead in bed.
?The post-mortem results in our possession show clearly that the boy sustained bruises inside the mouth, as his right cheek was swollen, and he also had some bruises around the neck,? he said.
The accused will appear in the Outjo Magistrate?s Court on Monday.
By Thursday this week, the mother of the deceased boy, who is suspected to be in her late 20s, was still not found.
The police are working hard to trace her whereabouts, said Khairabeb.