12 Sep 2017 16:50pm
WALVIS BAY, 12 SEP (NAMPA) - A 26-year-old woman from Walvis Bay who allegedly runs an illegal abortion business was arrested on Sunday along with one of her clients.
The alleged crime was committed on Saturday after which a source informed the police leading to the arrests.
Ella Ketu Linea Mangudu appeared before Magistrate John Sindano on Tuesday, while her co-accused also aged 26 is in hospital under police watch.
She is being treated before coming to court this week.
Court records indicate that Mangudu, who opted to conduct her own defence, performs illegal abortions using a stick.
She allegedly inserted a stick in the reproductive organ of the client, who is now her co-accused, and told her to remove it after some days.
After following the instructions, the client allegedly removed the stick and the foetus, suspected to be two months old, came out.
Mangudu might face two counts of abortion should it be proven that she performed such on another woman, as it is suspected that she did so on more than one woman.
It is not clear how much she was charging clients for abortion services. We are however, investigating the matter thoroughly, Namibian Police Forces Crime Investigations Coordinator for Erongo Region, Deputy Commissioner Erastus Iikuyu said.
The State objected to the granting of bail on this matter for reasons that the investigations are at a sensitive stage.
Another reason is that Mangudu is not a first time offender because she was convicted of theft in the same court before.
The court also fears she might commit another crime or interfere with State witnesses.
She was advised by the court to apply for formal bail.
The matter was postponed to 02 November 2017.