Suspects in Keetmanshoop court fire arrested

02 Dec 2013 19:20pm
KEETMANSHOOP, 02 DEC (NAMPA) – The Namibian Police on Saturday arrested three male suspects and charged them with arson in connection with a fire at the Keetmanshoop Magistrate’s Court.
The three suspects aged 29, 32 and 40 are accused of being involved in setting the typist’s office at the court on fire on 05 November this year.
Fortunately, no valuable documents or police dockets were destroyed in the blaze.
According to the Namibian Police Force (NamPol)’s //Karas Regional Commander Commissioner Armas Shivute, the trio was arrested in Windhoek.
Shivute said it is suspected that the two suspects aged 29 and 32 were sent by the third suspect from the capital to burn down the office in an effort to destroy police dockets dealing with his case.
According to the police, this suspect who is facing a charge of theft for allegedly stealing a diamond, was sentenced to five years’ imprisonment or a fine of N.dollars 100 000 in Keetmanshoop on 06 November 2013, a day after the office was set on fire.
His sentence was wholly suspended on condition that he does not commit the same offence within five years.
Shivute further said suspicions that one of the suspects sustained injuries in the fire might be correct as the 32-year-old suspect has what appears to be wounds from a fire.
He noted that a fourth suspect who is on the run will soon be arrested.
The suspected arsonists are expected to appear in court here on Tuesday.
(NAMPA)
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