Taxi driver shoots client for refusing to pay

02 Jul 2017 11:40am
WALVIS BAY, 02 JUL (NAMPA) – A taxi driver was arrested in Walvis Bay on Saturday for shooting a client who jumped out of his taxi and ran away without paying.
The 40-year-old suspect was charged with attempted murder and is expected to appear in the Walvis Bay Magistrate’s Court on Monday.
Linginus Shaatoi Shavuka, 29, was admitted to the Walvis Bay State Hospital with a gunshot wound on the right shoulder. His condition is stable.
Crime Investigations Coordinator for the Namibian Police Force in the Erongo Region, Deputy Commissioner Erastus Iikuyu told Nampa on Sunday Shavuka and another man allegedly jumped out of the taxi and made a run for it when the driver slowed down at the traffic lights along Nathaniel Maxuilili Street in Kuisebmond.
The driver chased after them and shot Shavuka with a pistol.
The firearm licensed to the driver was confiscated.
Iikuyu said the driver laid a case of theft under false pretences against the two men for failing to pay for his services.
Police investigations are underway in both cases.
In an unrelated matter, a 37-year-old man was arrested on Saturday after stolen items and cash amounting to N.dollars 35 000 was found in his rented room in Kuisebmond.
Iikuyu said the cash and items, including laptops and mobile phones, were stolen from a house in Narraville earlier the same day.
An unlicensed pistol was also found in the suspect’s room.
The main suspect, who is not the tenant, got wind of the police coming and ran away from the room. He is known to the police for similar pending cases in Walvis Bay.