Rundu man killed over cellphone

21 Jul 2019 12:10pm
RUNDU, 21 JUL (NAMPA) – A 27-year-old man died on Friday in Rundu after he was allegedly shot in the back during an attempt to retrieve a stolen mobile phone.
Namibian Police Force (NamPol) crime investigations coordinator for the Kavango East Region, Deputy Commissioner Bonifasius Kanyetu told Nampa on Sunday that the incident happened at Ndama around 19h50.
It is alleged that the suspect was shot in the back after trying to help a female colleague whose mobile phone was snatched by a suspected thief, said Kanyetu.
“One suspect allegedly grabbed the phone of the colleague of the deceased and fled with it, prompting the deceased to chase after the suspect and when he caught up with him, an accomplice of the suspect allegedly approached to free his partner in crime, armed with a pistol and shot the deceased from behind, before escaping with the phone,” Kanyetu explained.
The deceased, identified as Joseph Elago, was taken to the Rundu State Hospital, where he succumbed to his injuries.
Kanyetu said the suspects are still at large and investigations into the matter continue.