German farmer arrested for alleged assault

29 Oct 2013 17:30pm
OKAHANDJA, 29 OCT (NAMPA) – A 30-year-old German commercial farmer and his 35-year-old Namibian security guard were arrested on Tuesday by the Namibian Police Force (NamPol) in Okahandja for allegedly assaulting a 60-year-old man on 20 October this year at a farm in the Ovitoto area.
They are expected to appear in the Okahandja Magistrate’s Court on Wednesday.
Otjozondjupa Police Public Relations Officer, Sergeant Maureen Mbeha confirmed the arrest to Nampa on Tuesday.
She said the two accused persons allegedly abducted and tortured Willie Hamaseb at Farm Schensweder, situated more than 50 kilometres south of Okahandja in the Omatako Constituency of the Otjozondjupa Region.
It is alleged that the two accused men found Hamaseb walking near the fence of their farm, and accused him of hunting wild animals on the farm.
However, no carcass or game meat was found in the victim’s possession.
Hamaseb was allegedly abducted on that same day, and beaten up while tied with a rope to a house window.
Mbeha said the two accused men are facing three charges - assault with intend to cause grievous bodily harm (GBH), kidnapping, and assault by threatening.
In an interview with Nampa on Tuesday, Hamaseb said he was released in the bushes of Ovitoto on Tuesday, 22 October 2013 in the late afternoon.
He managed to walk to a nearby village with severe chest pains, and from there he was assisted to go to the Okahandja State Hospital where he received medical attention.
Hamaseb opened a case of assault under CR. no. 64 /10/2013 on Wednesday last week against the two accused at the Okahandja Police Station.
Meanwhile, the Okahandja Constituency Councillor, Steve Biko Booys and the Otjozondjupa Swapo-Party Regional Co-ordinator, Susan Hikopua jointly condemned the alleged attack on Hamaseb.
Booys told this agency on Tuesday that he will lead a peaceful demonstration on Wednesday morning to protest against the granting of bail to the accused persons.
“The two had abducted the old man and beat him close to death while he was merely taking care of his goats. This country is founded on the rule of law. Why didn’t the accused persons report Hamaseb to the police if he was poaching on their farm, so that the law could deal with him appropriately? No one is above the law or allowed to take the law into his or her own hands,” charged Booys.
Booys then strongly called on white commercial farmers in the Omatako and Okahandja districts to embrace the policy of national reconciliation before the “black people one day also react against racially-motivated attacks and harassments”.
The politician also called on the nation countrywide to denounce any type of attack or harassment on farmworkers based on “whatsoever reasons”.
His call follows a similar attack less than three weeks ago when 51-year-old Cornelius Axarob Slinger and his three dogs were shot dead and buried in an aardvark burrow by a commercial farmer, Karl Eichoff, at Farm Vergenoeg in the same Omatako Constituency.