Identity of assaulted man found in Swakopmund still unknown

21 Sep 2017 17:30pm
SWAKOPMUND, 21 SEP (NAMPA) - There is still no information regarding the identity of a man who was found lying unconscious in Swakopmund’s Ocean View suburb on Monday.
The man, suspected to be in his late 40s, was discovered by a passer-by who informed the police.
Preliminary police investigations show that he was badly beaten and allegedly dropped off on the side of the road leading to Henties Bay.
Based on the marks at the scene, police officers suspect that he was dragged with a vehicle for a short distance.
He has been in the Swakopmund State Hospital in a critical condition since Monday.
Updating Nampa on Thursday, Crime Investigations Coordinator for the Namibian Police Force in the Erongo Region, Deputy Commissioner Erastus Iikuyu said his case is difficult to investigate because he is still not able to talk.
“His condition is still as worse as [when] he came in on Monday, but we opened an attempted murder case which we are investigating.”
Iikuyu requested the public to provide information regarding the man so that his family can be informed.
The commissioner said the latest suspicions are that he could be Benedictus Gaseb, 52, who went missing from a farm in Usakos two weeks ago.
“We are still not sure whether it is him, but we are investigating to establish the truth.”
The police said Gaseb who disappeared from his work place, Farm Toronto, was last seen on 12 September at the Spitzkoppe settlement, where he bought food and said he was returning to the farm.
He apparently never reached the farm and nobody knows his whereabouts.