PEOPLE who become victims of crime while themselves are engaged in unlawful activities find it difficult to seek police assistance and, in most cases, such occurrences go unreported.
This was said by police community affairs officer in the Ohangwena Region Andrew Nghiyolwa.
He was reacting to reports about a woman who was allegedly attacked by fuel smugglers near the Angola-Namibia border early this week.
Sources who claim to have witnessed the incident claimed that an unidentified female vehicle owner approached the smugglers to fill up her vehicle’s tank but a disagreement erupted about the total amount she owed. She allegedly tried to drive away without paying but was blocked and then assaulted by a group of smugglers.
Nghiyolwa said that the incident was not reported to the police.
“That is typical of people who become victims of crime while themselves are engaged in unlawful activities. They are reluctant to seek police assistance. But that was not supposed to be like that. We would attend to the complaint even when one became a victim while committing a crime,” he said.