The police in Oshikoto are hot on the trail of a butchery owner, who allegedly evaded arrest when he and four others were intercepted whilst transporting cattle carcass last week.
The alleged incident happened last week Tuesday at 23h00 at Oshivelo north location.
Petrus Nangolo (34), brother to the owner of the stolen cattle, and bar owner of the Aweh Aweh Bar at Omuthiya Josef Shitaleni, known as Homateni, have been arrested and appeared in the Tsumeb Magistrate’s Court on Friday on charges of stock theft.
They have been denied bail.
Three other suspects, including a former employee of the town council, are still at large but they are known to the police.
Oshikoto police crime investigations coordinator Deputy Commissioner Naomi Katjiua said efforts are underway to arrest the other suspects.
According to Katjiua, the suspects allegedly entered the complainant’s kraal and slaughtered a cow, valued at N$12 000, without the owner’s consent at Oshivelo.
The suspects further loaded the carcass onto an un-roadworthy Ford Courier with registration N131-873W and were intercepted by the police on their way to Omuthiya before fleeing on foot.
According to the police, the suspects were under watch for the last three months.
“The suspects have been observed in Oshivelo for the last three months and informants were activated and tipped off by the police that they have slaughtered the cattle,” said Katjiua.
The whole carcass was recovered and will be handed to the owner.
The suspects face a charge of stock theft.
Investigation into the matter continues.