Newspaper manager opens counter case

The senior staff member of a local newspaper accused of assaulting a radio reporter (30) has opened a countercase, national police spokesperson deputy commissioner Kauna Shikwambi confirmed yesterday.

She said the manager opened a case of assault by threat in Windhoek yesterday.

This comes after the radio reporter earlier this week at Otjomuise Police Station opened a case of common assault involving the manager, with whom she has allegedly been in an on-and-off relationship.

She alleged that it was not the first time she was assaulted by the manager, but the first time she has laid charges.

Shikwambi said the incident took place on 1 April.

“An argument arose at a residence in Khomasdal between the two people, leading to a fight. No arrest has been made and police investigations continue,” she said.

The radio reporter yesterday said: “I am not interested in sharing my side of the story at the moment.”

The manager said he reserves the right to take further action against her.

He said the relationship began to sour on 8 March, and he intended to end it, which did not go well.

He said this has led to various incidents of assault between them, with him reacting in self-defence.

“She had told me several times that if a man is accused of gender-based violence, he would be found guilty in the court of public opinion. I remained wary of her veiled threats that no one would believe a man once he is accused of violence,” he said.

The manager said the radio reporter has in the past threatened him with knives.

“This occurred again during the Easter weekend, and one of the tenants saw her with the large knife,” he said.

He said this was the result of him trying to cut ties with the radio reporter.

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