The discovery of dead patient in the psychiatric ward of a Windhoek hospital on Friday morning uncovered a vicious murder perpetrated by another patient during Thursday night.
According to Deputy Commissioner Hophni Hamufungu, acting commander of the Namibian Police’s Public Relations Division, a nurse in the ward discovered the body of a 30-year-old patient with a pen sticking out of his neck.
Deputy Commissioner Hamufungu said a 29-year-old man, also a patient in the psychiatric ward, was quickly identified as the culprit and the suspect is currently isolated from the rest of the patients. The motive for the vicious murder is not yet clear.
At least four cases of murder were registered with the Namibian Police on Christmas Day and the excessive consumption of alcohol was the root cause of the stabbings that led to death of some of the victims.
According to the Public Relations Division of the Namibian Police the incidents of murder and unnatural deaths occurred country-wide and all the suspects were arrested in the homicide.
The Christmas Day murder spree started early on in Rundu at about 04:00 in the Sauyemwa location, an unknown male suspect stabbed a 41 years old man with several times in his back with a knife. The victim died on the spot and the motive for the murder is still unknown.
The suspect is still at large and the investigation into the matter is still under way.
A lifeless body of a man who is yet to be identified was found in a side street which branches off of Julius Nyerere Street in Okahandja Park early on Christmas morning.
The victim had a stab wound below his jaw on the left side of his neck. According to the police motive for the murder still has to be established.
A bloodstained Okapi knife believed to be the murder weapon was found on the scene.
The suspect, a 32-year-old man handed himself over to the police later on in the day
Police investigation in this regard will continue.
A 21-year-old man was stabbed to death with a knife on the left side of his chest by another 21-year-old man on Farm Garib near Dordabis.
It is alleged that an argument erupted between the victim and the deceased, and that both had been drinking. It is also alleged that the deceased was forcing the suspect to go back to where they had been drinking and the suspect refused. The argument resulted in a fight between the two and the suspect stabbed the victim with a knife.
The suspect was arrested and the victim’s next of kin were informed.
A 34-year-old man was arrested after he shot another man in the chest with a pistol at the Okelemba Village in the Onhuno area.
It is alleged that the deceased was a taxi driver who worked for the suspect on a contract basis. According to the police report the suspect went to the victim’s house and demanded the key of the taxi from the deceased. When the deceased refused to hand over the key while telling the suspect to return the next day, the suspect pulled out a pistol and shot him at point blank range.
After shooting the taxi driver the suspect took the deceased to Engela State Hospital, where he later succumbed to his wound.
A 95-year-old woman died at her homestead after she was trapped in her ‘okatala’ or resting hut by fire. It is reported that a strong gust of wind spread coals from the cooking fire all over the homestead which set fire to the okatala and trapped the old woman.
The incident occurred at the Ohakadu village in the Etayi Constituency. It is further reported that deceased walked out of her resting hut for several meters but succumbed between the boundary fence of the house and two huts.
A second victim, a 64-year-old woman from the same household, sustained serious burn wounds during the same incident. She was transported to Engela Hospital, where after she was transferred to the Oshakati State Hospital in a stable condition.
The 62-year-old Oiva Nghifivali, died on Monday at the Onakahama Village in the Onankali area after he allegedly choked on some food he was busy eating.
According to the police the deceased person started coughing and collapsed. He was rushed to Onyaanya Medical Centre, where he was declared dead upon arrival.
His remains were taken to Omuthiya Police Mortuary for autopsy to determine the actual cause of death.
The police at Okatope is busy investigating the unnatural death of one of the fellow officers after his lifeless body was discovered hanging from a tree in his homestead.
According to the official report the 34-year-old officer hanged himself.
It is alleged that the victim arrived home from work on Christmas Day and was busy organizing a party with friends that was supposed to start on Boxing Day.
It is further alleged that the deceased was left alone in the house while his mother and siblings went to Cuca shops nearby. Upon their arrival back home, family members discovered the body of the deceased hanging in a tree in the homestead.
A 40-year-old man committed suicide by hanging himself in a tree with a blue plastic rope alongside the Monte Christo service road in Okahandja Park. The motive is unknown because the victim did not leave a suicide note.
A 27-year-old man died while enjoying drinks in Big Meme’s Shebeen in the Oshiwana Penduka residential area of Mariental, on Boxing Day.
According to the police report the deceased was a tuberculosis patient who was busy drinking a home-brewed beer shortly before he collapsed.
The deceased person got up to return home, but fell down within a metre of where he was sitting and died.
A post-mortem examination still has to determine the actual cause of death but no foul play is suspected at this stage.
The body of a 54-year-old man was found in the bush on Farm Estoff in the Anker policing area.
According to the official report the deceased person was a shepherd and was looking after goats at the time of his death.
When he did not return home for lunch last Sunday, his employee and colleagues embarked on a search but could not find him. The search continued on Monday and the people found his dead body in the bush. It is alleged that the deceased suffered an asthmatic attack.
A 44-year-old Namibian man died on Monday afternoon near the Otjokavare Village in the Werda policing area he and another person was busy looking for firewood.
The deceased person allegedly asked his companion for water to drink before he simply passed on while in the vehicle.
The next of kin were informed and the body was taken to the police mortuary for a postmortem examination to be conducted to determine the actual cause of death.
A little girl who was only one-year-and-three-months-old and part of a pair of twins died after suddenly falling ill.
The little girl was left at home at house number 35, Sandwich Street in Kuisebmond with the father of the twins while their mother went to work.
It alleged that the toddler started vomiting and had diarrhoea for a while in the morning and later appeared to be fine, as she was playing around with the other children.
In the afternoon of the same day, the toddler did not look well and the father decided to take her to a local clinic, but she died before he could take her.
The father reported the matter to the Kuisebmond Police Station and the little girl’s remains were taken to the Walvis Bay State Hospital, where a medical doctor declared her dead.
A postmortem examination was to be done to determine the actual cause of death but no foul play is suspected.