The police have requested the help of the public in tracing the whereabouts of three trial-awaiting prisoners who escaped from the Windhoek Correctional Facility two weeks ago.
The fugitives face charges of murder and theft. Three members of the VIP Unit of the police helped them escape on November 26 after claiming they were moving the inmates to Rundu for a new case there. The police officers have since been arrested at Katima Mulilo.
The escapees are Sindano Pieter Itana, Marius Thomas and Mervin Raymond Hanse.
In press statement issued by Chief Inspector Kauna Shikwambi the public were requested not to attempt to apprehend the suspects as they may be violent.
Shikwambi said any person with information that may lead to the arrest of the three may contact the nearest police station or Detective Chief Inspector Amakali on 0812499692, Detective Warrant Officer Ndokosho on 08123373366 or Detective Sergeant Nakangombe on 0812555446.
“Anyone with information should not be afraid of reprisals as his/her identity will be protected.”
Itana was detained for theft, while Thomas, 28, was found guilty in the High Court by Judge Nate Ndauendapo in June this year of six crimes, including murder, rape, kidnapping and robbery.
Thomas was charged with counts of murder and robbery with aggravating circumstances, alternatively unlawful use of property, in connection with events around the death of a work colleague, Likius Ngesheya, 44, at farm Kaalvlakte in the Bethanie district during the night of February 25 to 26 2008.
Thomas was also accused of raping a woman at a farm close to Keetmanshoop, and robbing, kidnapping and indecently assaulting the same woman on August 3, 2009.
Hanse also faces a charge of murder.
Chief Inspector Shikwambi also appealed to the public to assist them in tracing two robbers who mugged the manager of a Total service station and stole N$170 000 mid-last month.
The two suspects on the run are Johannes Giva Nghilifavali and Jesaya Haule Kamulu.
A third suspect, Iita Niilenge, surrendered himself to the police a week after the robbery.
Niilenge appeared in the Windhoek Magistrate’s Court and was denied bail.