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Mother and newborn tortured at shelter

Mother and newborn tortured at shelter

Niël Terblanché


A YOUNG mother and her two-weeks-old baby were severely tortured by two men early this morning at the Otweya camp where victims of the Twaloloka fire are currently temporarily being housed in Walvis Bay.


Following the attempted murder saga early on Sunday morning, the Namibian Police is searching for the two men who perpetrated the act of terrorism.


According to the Erongo Regional Crime Investigations Coordinator, Deputy Commissioner Erastus Iikuyu, the two men, who wore balaclavas to hide their identities, used a knife to cut through the side of the tent in which the mother and her newborn were sleeping.


“Once inside the tent, the suspect tied the young mother up and stuffed sand in her mouth in an effort to smother and kill her. They also placed the baby boy in a plastic carry bag while the helpless and terrified mother looked on. The attackers did not take the baby with them,” he said.


  • Mother newborn tortured shelter baby two men Otweya camp victims


He added that the motive for the attack on the mother and son is not yet clear because none of victim’s valuables were taken from the tent.


One of the other fire victims sleeping in a neighbouring tent was awoken by the baby’s cries and went to investigate.


She found the young mother tied up and called some of the other people in nearby tents for assistance.


According to Deputy Commissioner Iikuyu, the victims were taken to the Walvis Bay State Hospital for treatment and observation.


He said that the woman is in a stable condition and the baby boy is in good health despite the ordeal.


A case of attempted murder was registered at the Tutaleni Police Station and the police has requested the public in tracing the suspects who fled from the crime scene.


Anyone with information regarding this incident is requested to contact Deputy Commissioner Iikuyu at 081 246 4757, Sergeant Hamukanda, at 081 792 5454, or report the nearest Police Station.


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