Grade 10 learner in custody for terminating pregnancy

18 Feb 2018 17:00pm
WINDHOEK, 18 FEB (NAMPA) – A Grade 10 learner from Onambugulu village in the Oshikoto Region was arrested on Saturday for allegedly terminating her pregnancy at eight months.
According to a crime report issued on Sunday by the Namibian Police Force (NamPol), an 11-year-old girl came across bloody bed sheets at about 15h00 and alerted her grandmother.
The grandmother then questioned the 21-year-old suspect, who admitted to having terminated her pregnancy.
She said she delivered the baby girl Wednesday night while her relatives were asleep and wrapped the infant’s body in a plastic bag before throwing it into a public toilet.
“Upon the grandmother’s questioning, the suspect took her to the toilet and the body was retrieved,” the report says.
The suspect is currently in police custody and is expected to appear before the Ondangwa Magistrate's Court on Monday.
Meanwhile, a five-year-old boy drowned in a pond outside his homestead at Ongali village in the Omusati Region’s Okalongo constituency on Saturday.
The incident occurred between 13h00 and 16h00 when the boy left home to look after goats.
“The grandmother realised after some time that the goats were left alone. She searched for the boy and discovered his body floating in the pond,” the report says.
The deceased has been identified as Sem Stefanus.
In a similar incident, nine-year-old Rosalia Ilekka from Ukwiyu-Uushona in Oshana Region drowned in a well while fetching water on Friday around 18h00.
Her next of kin have been informed and police investigation continues.
In a separate incident, an 84-year-old pensioner from Oshekasheka village in the Oshana Region died on Thursday, apparently after eating meat he bought from a vendor.
According to the report, Shitaleni Johannes Petukeni received his pension grant and immediately bought meat from a vendor at a nearby stall.
A post-mortem will be conducted to determine the exact cause of death.
The deceased's next of kin have been informed and police investigations into the matter continue.