Two prisoners stabbed in fight over tobacco

Two prisoners stabbed in fight over tobacco

TWO inmates sustained serious stab wounds while another was slightly injured in a knife fight with other inmates at the Keetmanshoop Police cells on Thursday night.

The inmates who sustained serious injuries are brothers Daniel Boois (19) and Steven Boois (18), who face housebreaking charges. Daniel Boois sustained four stab wounds – two in the chest and two in the back – while his younger brother was stabbed twice – once in the head and once in the back.Both were admitted to the Keetmanshoop State Hospital.The other inmate who sustained a minor head injury was identified as Harold Louw (19), who is being held on a charge of theft out of a motor vehicle.The Regional Crime Co-ordinator, Inspector Chris Tjihiua, said the fight was sparked by an argument over tobacco between the Boois brothers and two other inmates.According to Tjihiua, the other two inmates, whose names have not been released, demanded that the brothers hand over their tobacco when they were locked up on Thursday night.The brothers refused, and a fight erupted.Tjihiua said the Police would hold a line-up to identify the inmates responsible for the stabbing once the two brothers were discharged from hospital.In the meantime, the Police had opened an attempted murder docket, Tjihiua said.According to Tjihiua, Police on Friday searched the holding cells for sharp objects, and two knives were confiscated.”I’m concerned about the sharp objects that are smuggled into the cells,” Tjihiua said.Daniel Boois yesterday told The Namibian that all the prisoners in their cell participated in the attack.”We were attacked with plates and empty jam tins by the younger inmates, while two older inmates stabbed us repeatedly after we refused to hand over our tobacco to them,” he said.Daniel Boois sustained four stab wounds – two in the chest and two in the back – while his younger brother was stabbed twice – once in the head and once in the back.Both were admitted to the Keetmanshoop State Hospital.The other inmate who sustained a minor head injury was identified as Harold Louw (19), who is being held on a charge of theft out of a motor vehicle.The Regional Crime Co-ordinator, Inspector Chris Tjihiua, said the fight was sparked by an argument over tobacco between the Boois brothers and two other inmates.According to Tjihiua, the other two inmates, whose names have not been released, demanded that the brothers hand over their tobacco when they were locked up on Thursday night.The brothers refused, and a fight erupted.Tjihiua said the Police would hold a line-up to identify the inmates responsible for the stabbing once the two brothers were discharged from hospital.In the meantime, the Police had opened an attempted murder docket, Tjihiua said.According to Tjihiua, Police on Friday searched the holding cells for sharp objects, and two knives were confiscated.”I’m concerned about the sharp objects that are smuggled into the cells,” Tjihiua said.Daniel Boois yesterday told The Namibian that all the prisoners in their cell participated in the attack.”We were attacked with plates and empty jam tins by the younger inmates, while two older inmates stabbed us repeatedly after we refused to hand over our tobacco to them,” he said.

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