About Lack of Evidence and Unsolved Cases


By Lesley-Anne van Wyk Windhoek The national police force cannot conduct their investigations effectively if crucial evidence, such as fingerprints, is removed from the crime scene. This is the reason why there has still been no arrest of suspects involved in the theft of household items to the value of N$70 800 in Sterling Street, Khomasdal, during the weekend of June 11. A report of alleged house breaking and robbery was made by the complainant, who was threatened with a knife, after an intruder entered the house using an unknown object. Warrant Officer James Matengu told New Era that the complainant had cleaned the house and in so doing removed most of the clues that would have aided the police investigation and resulted in a speedier conclusion to the case. At the start of June, the town of Dordabis, southeast of Windhoek, saw an armed robbery involving N$150 000. In addition to this, Jakobus Visagie, owner of farm Compromise had other small household items taken from him at gunpoint. This qualifies the case to be treated as attempted murder. This crime took place at 16h00 on June 8 this year. The police made a mistake in the case when they said an R4 rifle was also stolen when this in fact did not happen. The suspects are still at large but police have assured the public that this is not due to a lack of personnel working on the case. In a third case still unresolved, the dusty winds of Outjo witnessed the violent killing of Karel Heinz Jakob Montermann on Saturday June 10 on Satum farm. With an offer of N$15 000 still up for the taking by anyone willing to provide information that will lead to the capture of the suspects, Matengu made an appeal to members of the public to come forward with any such information. He added that they must not worry, as their details will be kept secret. The police will not allow personal information to be handled in any way other than with the utmost confidentiality. But still, the public has been reluctant to provide information regarding the perpetrators of the crime as well as the actual stolen goods. The following items are presumed sold on the black market: a Beitung platinum and gold watch, both valued at approximately N$180 000, an 18-carat Seiko golden watch worth about N$24 000, a silver Sony video camera valued at N$2 560, two black Kenwood hand radios worth N$5 000, travellers cheques issued in the name of Satum farm and worth N$5 260 and 4 000 cash in British pounds. Matengu stated that the police suspect anyone in the possession of these goods would not offer information to the police but called on any other person who has seen these items to report this at their nearest police station. They can also contact Detective Inspector Marais at 061 300 613 or 081 244 0971.