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Stock theft leads to kidnapping and possible murder

Stock theft leads to kidnapping and possible murder

Niël Terblanché

THE death of the 42-year-old Titus Nande Haihambo, whose body was brought to the Omaruru State Hospital on Thursday afternoon, put detectives of the Namibian Police on trail of three men that is suspected of kidnapping and murdering him.

 

According to the report about the incident provided by the Erongo Regional Crime Investigations Coordinator, Deputy Commissioner Erastus Iikuyu, the three suspects were arrested on Thursday evening.

 

Haihambo’s death was preceded by an incident of stock theft on Wednesday where three other men killed and butchered a bull that was allowed to graze on the municipal land of Omaruru. The owner of the bull registered a case with the Namibian Police in Omaruru and three suspects, aged 44, 38 and 46, were subsequently arrested. None of the meat from the bull was however recovered.

 

However, a brother of the complainant decided that he would conduct his own investigation into the stock theft case and he and two other men picked Haihambo from his home in the Ozondje Location some time during Thursday.

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According to the incident report the men accused Haihambo of being part of the group that stole and butchered the bull the day before. The three private investigators loaded the deceased person into a car and took him to go and point out the scene where the bull was killed.

 

At about 17:15 medical staff from Omaruru State Hospital phoned the Police Station informing the officers on duty that three men brought the deceased person to the medical facility.

 

The three men were identified by the medical personnel and upon their arrest a short while later, the three murder suspects alleged that the Haihambo jumped out of the moving vehicle while they were on their way to the scene where the bull was killed. They told investigators that the deceased person hit his head against a rock next to the road when he fell out of the car and that he died as a result.

 

The brother of the complainant and his two co accused aged 53, 29 and 27 were however arrested and are set to make their first appearance in the Omaruru Magistrate’s Court on a charge of murder with the alternative charge of culpable homicide and kidnapping on Monday. They will appear along with the three suspects that were already in custody on the charge of stock theft.

 

Haihambo’s remains have since been transported to the Walvis Bay Police Mortuary where a post mortem examination will have to determine what actually caused his death.

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