Ongenga mob justice suspects to return to court in June

26 May 2017 18:00pm
ONGWEDIVA, 26 MAY (NAMPA) – Suspected leaders of a mob of villagers who allegedly beat up a fellow villager at Ongenga last month are to make their second appearance in the Ondangwa Magistrates' Court on 21 June 2017.
Ongenga village is located in the Oshana Region's Okaku Constituency.
Documents from the Ondangwa Magistrate's Court indicate that Simon Tangeni Fudheni and Katrina Akooko made their brief first appearance before court on 09 May 2017.
Magistrate Petrus Nangula postponed their case of assault with intent to do grievous bodily harm for further police investigations.
A bail of N.dollars 500 was granted to Akooko for having a small baby, while Fudheni, who is the first accused in the case, remains in detention in the Ondangwa Police holding cells.
A mob of more than 10 villagers allegedly attacked 50-year-old Hilma Sevelinus on 30 April after abducting her from her homestead and taking her to the homestead of a deceased pensioner within the village, whom they accused her of having poisoned.
They are alleged to have tied Sevelinus’ arms behind her back with a rope and her legs with a wire before they allegedly pushed her to the ground, stoned and kicked her and flogged her with tree branches.
Sevelinus was left lying unconscious in the field near the homestead of the deceased pensioner, but she however managed to release herself later and went to report the matter to the police at Ondangwa.
Although the attackers have accused Sevelinus of having poisoned other villagers, Commander of the Namibian Police Force (NamPol) in the Oshana Region, Commissioner Rauha Amwele on Tuesday told this news agency that what the attackers are claiming has not been proven this far.
The same mob attacked Sevelinus twice before.
The second attack happened at Omulamba cuca shops at the village whilst she was on her way home from Onandjokwe Lutheran Hospital where she received medical treatment.
The mob also destroyed Sevelinus’ tombo cuca shop by torching it, and damaged the fence of her homestead.