THE latest incidents of violent crime that were reported to the Namibian Police in the Ohangwena Region involved a man who stabbed his own brother with a knife following a quarrel over a fat cake, and an off-duty police officer who viciously assaulted his wife with the handle of a pickaxe.
According to the police’s community affairs officer, Inspector Abner Kaume Itumba, a member of the San community in the Okongo town, Tomas Hamutenya, was stabbed with a knife on the cheek Saturday evening, leaving him with a gashing wound. He was admitted to the Okongo hospital in a stable condition.
Tomas was stabbed by his own brother who earlier on, took Tomas’s fat cake without permission and ate it, igniting a quarrel that resulted in the stabbing.
In another incident, a police officer stationed at Oshikango allegedly assaulted his 45-year-old wife with a hoe handle, beating her several times and inflicting serious injuries.
This happened in the Ouhongo village Saturday evening.
In both cases, the suspects were arrested and are expected to appear in court today on charges of assault with the intention to cause grievous bodily harm (GBH) and domestic violence.
Itumba said that there is a noticeable increase in the incidence of violent crime in the region. He said that these incidents occur mostly during the evening either at shebeens or immediately after those involved had returned from the drinking spots also known as Cuca shops.
Sometimes, apparently trivial issues lead to serious quarrels and fierce fighting that result in serious injuries.