OTJIWARONGO: The two Italians who died after a vehicle they were travelling in collided head-on with a truck on the road between Otjiwarongo and Okahandja on Monday night were on a trophy hunting expedition to the Caprivi Region.
Namibian Police (NamPol)’s Otjozondjupa Deputy Regional Police Commander, Deputy Commissioner Gerhard Uataurua Mavenjono told Nampa on Thursday that the two Italians and a Namibian were on a trophy hunting expedition to the Caprivi Region from Windhoek.
Mavenjono said trophy hunting licences issued in the names of two Italians were found in their document handbag.
He said that the Italians were travelling from Windhoek to Caprivi Region where they were supposed to go and shoot two problem elephants.
“We also found three rifles in their vehicle,” he said.
Mavenjono explained that on Monday night at about 10 kilometres to Otjiwarongo a Brown Land Cruiser they were traveling in collided head-on with a truck which was coming from the opposite direction (Otjiwarongo to Okahandja).
Three occupants in the Land Cruiser died on the spot and their vehicle top part was completely flattered to the ground surface by the truck which had climbed over it.
The truck driver also sustained serious injuries and was admitted to Otjiwarongo State Hospital the same night.
Mavenjono explained that on Wednesday morning relatives of the three deceased claimed the remains (corpses) from the Otjiwarongo Police Mortuary and taken them to Windhoek, so that on Friday (tomorrow) the bodies of the Italians could be flown to Italy.
The deceased are Michele Maria Barillaro, 45, and Roberto Colcellini, 73, both from Italy.
A 26-year-old born Namibian Manfred Shoombe also known as Peter died in the same road accident.
Colcellini was director of Mountain View Game Lodge in Dordabis area.