Pensioner granted bail for chaining grandchild



The 71-year-old woman who was arrested for ill-treating her grandson at Engela laKambonde village in Ongha was granted bail in the Ohangwena Magistrate’s Court yesterday.

The suspect, Rauna Moses, was arrested on Saturday evening after she had been chaining her seven-year-old grandchild she was taking care of. Ohangwena regional crime coordinator Deputy Commissioner Andreas Haingura said Moses paid N$500 bail and her case was postponed to December 18 for further police investigations.

Moses is accused of putting a chain with a padlock around the ankle of her grandson (name withheld).
On Sunday Haingura said the boy was taken to a shelter at Oshikango after the police freed him from the shackles.

He added that yesterday the victim was at Oshakati hospital where he was being examined by a social worker.
The police were busy tracing the boy’s parents, Haingura said.

The Namibian Broadcasting Corporation (NBC) reported that the elderly woman had chained the boy so that he could not move out of the house whenever she was not around.

It is further alleged that whenever the boy returned from school, he was chained and thus did not have the freedom to play with other children.

The boy’s parents reportedly live in Windhoek and he has been living with his grandmother since he was three.

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