Attempt to defraud insurance company backfires

15 Jan 2017 13:00pm
SWAKOPMUND, 15 JAN (NAMPA) – A Swakopmund man was arrested on Wednesday and charged with perjury, for falsely stating under oath that his house was broken into and property stolen.
He allegedly did this to defraud the insurance company which insured his property, but the plan backfired and landed him in the holding cells.
It is not clear which insurance company he was targeting.
An incident report obtained from the Namibian Police Force (NamPol)’s Detective Chief Inspector Erastus Iikuyu on Saturday identified the suspect as Sydney Taapopi Halupe, 24.
Halupe allegedly went to the police station on Tuesday to register a housebreaking and theft at his house in Mondesa, Swakopmund.
In the statement, the police said he indicated that the burglar/s broke into his house on Christmas Day and stole items such as a flat screen television, beds, sheets, a coffee table, couches, a microwave and fridges, among other items.
He claimed to have been on holiday on a farm when the purported incident occurred.
Iikuyu said Halupe told the police the items are worth N.dollars 241 926.
“Upon investigations on Wednesday, the items were found hidden in the same house and others at a family house in Jabulani, Mondesa,” Iikuyu said.
He appeared before court in Swakopmund on Thursday and was granted bail of N.dollars 1 500.
His case is postponed to next week Tuesday.
The chief inspector cautioned people to refrain from making false statements with the police because it is a criminal offence punishable by law.
“The police will always thoroughly investigate all cases reported to us and if it is found that the case is false, you will be dealt with accordingly,” Iikuyu cautioned.
In a separate incident in Kuisebmond, Walvis Bay on Friday, the body of 28-year-old Leonard Nghilifavali Haimbodi was found after he had hanged himself.
He committed suicide in the shack he rented in someone’s backyard.
“He left a suicide note saying his family does not have peace with him,” said Iikuyu.
An inquest docket was opened on the matter and his next of kin were informed.