Reckless and negligent’ handling of firearm results in suicide

Aman (20) allegedly took his own life in Windhoek on Friday with his cousin’s Baikal pistol.

The man allegedly took the firearm from underneath his cousin’s pillow while he was sleeping.

This is according to the police’s weekend crime report.

Salomo Valombola’s body was found in the toilet of the house he shares with his cousin.

“It is reported that the deceased’s cousin woke up at the sound of a gunshot, noticed that the deceased was not in his room, and that his firearm, which he placed under his pillow, was not there,” the report reads. It is alleged that the man’s cousin handled the firearm in a reckless and negligent manner by placing it under his pillow while sleeping.

He has not been arrested yet, however, the firearm with live rounds and a magazine was confiscated.

No suicide note was found, and no foul play is suspected.

Valombola’s next of kin have been informed of the incident, while police investigations continue.

A Woman (37) was allegedly raped by a man (31) at Gibeon on Friday, Namibian Police senior spokesperson Haikali Iiduwa said in the police’s weekend crime report.

The woman was sleeping in her shack when the suspect allegedly entered her room.

Some family members were sleeping outside during the incident.

“The suspect ran away when the victim screamed for help, but family members were able to recognise him. The suspect has been arrested and police investigations continue,” Iiduwa says.

Another incident of rape was reported at Omuntele on Saturday when a 10-year-old was raped by a 20-year-old while on her way from school.

The suspect allegedly caught up with the victim and her friend on their way from school and raped her.

The suspect has been arrested and was expected to appear in the Ondangwa Magistrate’s Court yesterday.

Police investigations continue.

Meanwhile, the police at Walvis Bay are asking the public’s help in tracing the culprits of copper theft at the town.
Some 1,2 tonnes of copper wire were stolen from overhead lines at the town on Wednesday.

The wire, valued at N$300 000, were stolen at around 23h50 near the C-14 road outside Walvis Bay.

Erongo police spokesperson warrant officer Tuyenikelao Tashiya says the suspect/s allegedly used a saw to cut nine Erongo Regional Electricity Distributor powerline poles.

“They caused huge damage to the electrical infrastructure and a blackout in parts of Walvis Bay, including limited access to communication means, such as internet and radio station frequencies,” he says.

Members of the public with information on the suspects and their whereabouts are requested to urgently contact deputy commissioner Erastus Iikuyu at 081 246 4757, detective chief inspector Elias Orub at 081 260 5984, or thier nearest police station.

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