Pensioner takes own life, minor burns to death

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Pensioner takes own life, minor burns to death

NKURENKURU – A pensioner committed suicide by shooting himself in the head on Saturday at Ou’s village west of Nkurenkuru, while a five-year-old girl burned to death in the Ohangwena region. 

According to the police suspect, Vitus Himarwa (79) committed suicide by shooting himself with a shotgun in the head. He died on the scene. “According to the family member, the deceased was recently released from the hospital and no suicide note was left,” said the police. 

On Friday, at around 17h00 at Okwalondo village, it is alleged that Hambeleleni Shitenga (5)  burnt to death after a sleeping room made of corrugated zinc sheet caught fire. 

“It is alleged that the deceased and her other siblings aged 15, 12 and one were left together in the house by their mother. The elder siblings allegedly left the deceased and the one-year-old sibling alone in the house and went to play in oshana. While there, they saw the house on fire and rushed back home only to find the one-year-old standing at the entrance of the burning room,’’ the police reported in the weekend crime report. 

Meanwhile, in the Oshana region, the police also recorded a suicide case over the weekend where a 22-year-old man committed suicide by allegedly hanging himself on Sunday, at about 16H00, at Oshinyadhila village near Ongwediva. 

“It is alleged that Simon Iilonga hanged himself and his body was discovered hanging with an electrical cable around his neck under the tree by his little brother who was walking in the mahangu field. The brother then informed the neighbours.’’ 

The deceased was last seen at about 14h00 when he left the house but did not say where he was going and no suicide note was left. 

No foul play was suspected.

Also in Ohangwena, the police opened an inquest over death by drowning incident, which happened on Sunday at 17h30 in an earth dam at Ohadiwa yaKapombo village, Endola constituency.  

“It is alleged that Petrus Shituleipo Wilhelm (25) drowned in an earth dam. It is further alleged that the deceased who did not know how to swim was in the dam with other friends, when the friends realised that he was drowning, they tried to rescue him but their efforts were not successful. The body was recovered,” the police report said.

Police investigation continues.