THE 20-year-old Adam Orlam and his friend, the 18-year-old Glenwön Clarke, made their first appearance in the Walvis Bay Magistrate’s Court on charges of attempted murder and armed robbery after a brutal attack on a taxi driver.
According to Deputy Commissioner Erastus Iikuyu, the Erongo Regional Crime Investigations Coordinator, the attack occurred on 21 March between 23:00 and midnight after the 31-year-old Romanus Johannes picked the suspects up in the Narraville.
“It is alleged that while driving in Ceaser Martin Street in Narraville, the one suspect who was sitting behind the driver’s seat put a rope over the driver’s head and tied him to the seat. The other suspect stabbed the victim with a knife in his left shoulder, left arm and left thumb.”
The attackers then pushed the taxi driver out of his vehicle and drove off with it. They also stole N$150 in cash and Johannes’s cellular phone which is worth about N$400.
The abandoned taxi was recovered on Friday. The battery and the car radio were removed from the taxi. The ignition key was also missing.
Investigations revealed the identity of the two culprits which resulted in the arrest of Orlam and Clarke soon afterwards. Investigating officers recovered all the stolen items except the N$150 in cash.
Johannes was treated for the stab wounds at Walvis Bay State Hospital.