09 Jan 2019 15:50pm
GOBABIS, 09 JAN (NAMPA) - A total of four serious motor vehicle accidents, which claimed two lives, were reported in the Omaheke Region since the beginning of December 2018.
Deputy Commissioner Marcellus Maritshane of the Namibian Police Force (NamPol) in the Omaheke Region, revealed this to Nampa on Tuesday.
He said in one accident on 22 December, seven people were seriously injured after a Leonardville Village Council vehicle overturned near the town.
One person, who was admitted to the Windhoek Central Hospital after the accident, died later on while the other five remained at different hospitals with various degrees of injuries.
In another accident, a man died after he lost control of the vehicle he was driving, causing it to leave the road and overturn on Christmas Eve near Talismanus in the Otjombinde Constituency.
Maritshane said four murder cases were reported to the police during the period in question.
One case involved a woman who allegedly strangled her baby to death and then reported the baby missing near Farm Du Plessis.
She allegedly pretended to be mentally ill and refused to cooperate with the police.
The baby was discovered some four days later after a search by the police in the field, after which the woman was arrested.
In another incident, a 38-year-old man allegedly hacked his girlfriend with a panga multiple times, causing her death.
He has since been arrested.
In another murder incident, a man was allegedly attacked by two others and stabbed to death with a sharp object at Driemiopsis in the Kalahari Constituency last week.
Maritshane said several cases of possessions of drugs were opened against people found carrying such items on their bodies during sporadic NamPol stop-and-search operations over the festive season.
Most prevalent drugs confiscated were cannabis and mandrax.
The senior police officer warned members of the public against using or dealing in drugs, as such items have detrimental effects on society due to their dependency inducing capabilities.