Seven J.A. Nel learners apprehended for killing, assault

29 Oct 2013 17:20pm
KEETMANSHOOP, 29 OCT (NAMPA) – The Namibian Police at Keetmanshoop on Monday arrested seven learners from the J.A. Nel Senior Secondary School on suspicion of murder, assault and robbery.
Two more suspects from the same school are expected to be added to the list of suspects.
The seven are between 14 and 19 years old.
They confessed to three murders, several assaults and robberies during their first appearance in the Keetmanshoop Magistrate’s Court Tuesday morning, and will return for another court appearance here on Wednesday.
“We are very thankful to the community of Keetmanshoop for helping us arrest the suspects. I encourage them to continue working with the police to curb crimes. Without their help the police alone cannot succeed in cases of this nature,” said the Crime Investigations’ Coordinator of the Namibian Police Force (NamPol) in the //Karas Region, Deputy Commissioner Rudolf Isaak.
During police interrogations on Monday, the gang members admitted to having had a hand in the stabbing and killing of Namibia Institute of Mining and Technology (NIMT) student Mika Johannes, 28, in September this year.
They further made similar admissions of guilt regarding the death of Helmut Isaak, 20, and Augustinus Joseph, 46.
Isaak was assaulted between the Kronlein residential area and Keetmanshoop town area two weeks ago. He died that same night at home.
Police said post-mortem results confirmed that Isaaks died from head injuries caused by beatings and kickings.
Joseph was stabbed last Friday with a knife between Koppieslaagte and Kronlein. He died on the spot.
The deputy commissioner noted that apart from money and shoes, seven cellphones which were robbed from the deceased and five other victims were all recovered by the police on Monday.
He stated that it was very difficult for the police to apprehend the suspects sooner, because they stayed in the school hostel, from where they snuck out at night or weekends to commit the crimes.
“Those who were robbed by the same gang should come forth to help us fully complete the investigations in this case,” Isaak requested.
On his part, NamPol’s Commander for //Karas, Commissioner Armas Shivute also thanked the community and his officers for a job well done.
“I am really happy that we have succeeded to arrest the suspects. It was very tough for the police to get them, simply because we never suspected students to sneak out of the hostel and commit crimes of this nature,” the //Karas Commander said.