Four alleged murderers escape from custody at Swakopmund

12 Feb 2019 10:40am
SWAKOPMUND, 12 FEB (NAMPA) – Four men on separate trials for the murders of three people, on Monday escaped from police custody in broad daylight at the Swakopmund Police Station.
Namibian Police crime investigations coordinator for the Erongo Region, Deputy Commissioner Erastus Iikuyu said the escape occurred during a shift change between 14h00 and 14h48.
“It was discovered that the window burglar bar of one holding cell at Swakopmund Police Station was cut open with an unknown object/s and the four inmates escaped from custody,” Iikuyu said.
Two of the escapees, Daniel Stephanus Nghilifa, 28, and Fabianus Lazarus, 26, stand accused in a double murder case after they reportedly murdered Swakopmund couple, Roswitha Strzelecki, 79, and her husband, 81-year-old Siegfried Strzelecki in 2017.
Nghilifa and Lazarus who were part of a trio when they allegedly committed the crime, also face robbery and aggravated assault charges in the matter.
Meanwhile, Mathias Nuujoma, 27, and Ngenokesho Stefanus, 23, and two other accused are on trial for the murder of 38-year-old Joseph Ndeyapo Hekandjo after an argument at a club in Walvis Bay in 2016.
The four accused reportedly stabbed and killed Hekandjo in front of the club.
The wanted inmates are all originally from the northern regions of Namibia but are suspected to have fled to the Khomas Region, according to Iikuyu.
The police have requested anyone with information regarding the whereabouts of the escapees to contact the nearest police station.