31 denied bail in a mob justice case at Ondukuta

31 Jul 2019 18:40pm
WINDHOEK, 31 JUL (NAMPA) – 31 suspects arrested on 17 and 19 July at Omushapi village of the Tsandi Constituency in connection with a mob justice case were all denied bail when they appeared in the Outapi Magistrate’s Court last week.
Head of Public Relations at the Namibian Police Force (NamPol), Deputy Commissioner Edwin Kanguatjivi said in a media statement issued on Tuesday that their case was postponed to 12 September 2019.
He said it is alleged that the group attacked three people whom they suspected of poisoning Joseph Shiningayamwe Embula, who died on 4 July 2019 at Tsandi district hospital.
They were arrested at Ondukuta location at Omushapi village and are charged with malicious damage to property, assault with an intent to do grievous bodily harm and theft.
According to the deputy commissioner, on Monday 08 July 2019, a relative of Embula went to Tsandi police station with a medical certificate of the deceased, requesting the police to conduct a post-mortem on the deceased, as the family was not convinced that he died of natural causes, but due to poisoning.
To clear the family’s concern, NamPol conducted the post-mortem on 11 July at Okahao police mortuary which ruled out the poisoning aspect and family members of the deceased were informed as such.
“Despite all these efforts, the mob ignored the outcome of the autopsy and took the law into their own hands,” he noted.
Kanguatjivi therefore called on aggrieved members of society to desist from taking the law into their own hands, but to rather follow legal processes to address grievances.