Six-year-old boy strangled to death in Tseiblaagte

03 Nov 2013 13:00pm
KEETMANSHOOP, 03 OCT (NAMPA) – A six-year-old boy was allegedly beaten and strangled to death by a 29-year-old man on Friday evening in the Tseiblaagte residential area of Keetmanshoop.
Confirming the incident to Nampa on Sunday, Crime Investigations’ Co-ordinator of the Namibian Police Force (NamPol) in the //Karas Region, Deputy Commissioner Rudolf Isaak said the body of Curtus van der Westhuizen was found dead on his mother’s bed that night.
Isaak said the suspect allegedly had an argument with the boy’s mother earlier, accusing her of interfering with his love affair by passing wrong information to his girlfriend.
According to Isaak, during the argument, the suspect allegedly threatened to do something that will make the deceased’s mother cry.
“It is suspected that the accused, who stays in the same yard as the deceased and his mother, used his hands to beat up and strangle little Van der Westhuizen to death, and later put his body on the mother’s bed,” Isaak said.
Police said the boy’s mother was working night shift at the time of the incident.
The suspect was charged with murder, and is expected to appear before court here on Monday.
In a separate incident, a 70-year-old man died after allegedly being stabbed in the neck by a 22-year-old man at the Violet shebeen in Karasburg on Friday.
Isaak said Johannes Hartbees died on the spot.
“We suspect that the suspect stabbed the deceased as he wanted to rob him,” the Deputy Commissioner said.
The suspect was also charged with murder, and will appear in the Karasburg District Court on Monday.
The next of kin for both deceased persons were already informed of their deaths.