NDF man held over wedding shooting

NDF man held over wedding shooting

THE Police have arrested a member of the Namibian Defence Force (NDF) in connection with a shooting during a wedding party in the Omusati Region on Saturday in which nine people were wounded.

Omusati Police liaison officer Sergeant Linekela Shikongo said yesterday that Valentius Ipuleni Nauyala (43) appeared in the Outapi Magistrate’s Court yesterday morning on a charge of reckless discharge of a firearm in public. He was not asked to plead and the case was postponed to March 4 2008 for further Police investigation.He was granted bail of N$500.Nine people were wounded when revellers fired shots during a wedding reception at Ombundamuti village in the Omusati Region on Saturday afternoon.All the wounded people were taken to the Outapi District Hospital, from where three with serious injuries were transferred to Oshakati.Three men, including Nauyala, were held for questioning, but the Police said they only had enough evidence to charge Nauyala.Sergeant Shikongo said according to the Police investigation, Nauyala had fired “snake shot” shells with his 9 mm pistol.Shikongo appealed to people not to fire shots in the air during any celebrations, because it could lead to a loss of life.The headwoman of Ombundamuti village, Asteria Ngoloimwe, who attended the wedding, earlier told The Namibian that three men – one armed with a shotgun and two with pistols – fired shots into the air during the wedding reception.”We were dancing and singing when suddenly some people started screaming and crying because of gunshot wounds,” Ngoloimwe said.She said the man with the shotgun was among those wounded, as a bullet from one of his friends’ pistols struck him.”Since there were three who had guns and all were firing, we couldn’t make out who shot whom.The whole affair was a kind of a mess, as you heard one crying here and another one there, with blood on their clothes and faces,” Ngoloimwe said.He was not asked to plead and the case was postponed to March 4 2008 for further Police investigation.He was granted bail of N$500.Nine people were wounded when revellers fired shots during a wedding reception at Ombundamuti village in the Omusati Region on Saturday afternoon.All the wounded people were taken to the Outapi District Hospital, from where three with serious injuries were transferred to Oshakati. Three men, including Nauyala, were held for questioning, but the Police said they only had enough evidence to charge Nauyala.Sergeant Shikongo said according to the Police investigation, Nauyala had fired “snake shot” shells with his 9 mm pistol.Shikongo appealed to people not to fire shots in the air during any celebrations, because it could lead to a loss of life.The headwoman of Ombundamuti village, Asteria Ngoloimwe, who attended the wedding, earlier told The Namibian that three men – one armed with a shotgun and two with pistols – fired shots into the air during the wedding reception.”We were dancing and singing when suddenly some people started screaming and crying because of gunshot wounds,” Ngoloimwe said.She said the man with the shotgun was among those wounded, as a bullet from one of his friends’ pistols struck him.”Since there were three who had guns and all were firing, we couldn’t make out who shot whom.The whole affair was a kind of a mess, as you heard one crying here and another one there, with blood on their clothes and faces,” Ngoloimwe said.

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