Woman arrested for burying stillborn baby

Martin Endjalo

Police in Oshikoto region are investigating a case of concealment of birth, after a 23 year-old woman allegedly buried the body of her stillborn baby, aged seven months on Saturday.

The incident happened at Oneputa village in Oshigambo constituency. Police allege that the woman buried the deceased, a female baby, in a shallow grave at an unknown time. Nampol Spokesperson Deputy Commissioner Kauna Shikwambi in a weekend crime report said that the suspect gave birth to a lifeless baby girl and buried the fetus in a shallow grave at home.

The suspect is reported to have been seven months pregnant after she visited the Oshigambo clinic before she was referred to Onandjokwe state hospital to be admitted, but defied and went home.

“The foetus was retrieved by the police and conveyed to Onandjokwe mortuary pending autopsy. The next of kin have been informed and the suspect is expected to appear before Ondangwa Magistrate court on Monday. Police Investigations are ongoing,” Shikwambi said.

In Another incident, on Saturday, at about 19h23, a 58 year-old woman, Martha Nambahu died in her bed at Onguma village-Oniipa in Oshikoto region. It’s alleged that the deceased was found dead in her sleeping room by family members.

The body was taken to the Onandjokwe mortuary for postmortem to determine the cause of death. Next of kin were informed. No inquest has been opened pending autopsy results but Police investigations continue.

Last Friday, around 22h00, a 50 year-old man, Thomas Kooper succumbed to injuries at Katutura state hospital after he was admitted weeks ago.

Shikwambi said that on 13 February, Kooper was stabbed and injured with a knife by a 23 year-old Namibian man at Plakkerskamp 144, Westerkim Karasburg in the !karas region.

“It is alleged that suspect stabbed the deceased several times over his body with a knife. It’s further alleged that the incident was ignited by an argument between the deceased and the suspect over money. The deceased was admitted in hospital and on Wednesday, 15 February 2023 he was transferred to Katutura state Hospital where he passed on,” Shikwambi said.

The deceased and the suspect are relatives, she added. The suspect has since been arrested. Kopper’s next of kin are informed. Police investigations continue.

In a separate incident, two tourists, a 39 year- old Irish man and a 37 year-old British woman were robbed at gunpoint at the Quiver tree lodge, some 16 kilometres (C-17road) from Keetmanshoop. The incident happened last Friday between 22h30 and 23h00.

“It is alleged that three unknown suspects assaulted and held the victims (tourists) at gunpoint and forced them to surrender their valuable properties including cash money. The male victim was hit twice with an unknown object on the left ear and left side eyebrow causing minor injuries. The suspects allegedly fired three shots from an unknown distance and spent cartridges were found on the crime scene,” Shikwambi explained.

A number of personal items were stolen including a Silver Asus Laptop, cellphones, a Pilot licence, clothes, a tool toolbox, a watch, an Irish Passport, a Work permit document, a wallet, Cash money (in US$ dollars, Euros notes N$, Pounds), credit card and a driving licence.

The value of the properties is yet to be determined and no arrests have been made yet. Police investigations into the matter continue

By Observer