OTJIWARONGO: An 18-year-old Grade Nine learner of the Tsaraxa-Aibes Combined School in the Otjozondjupa Region on Monday appeared before court here for allegedly stabbing a classmate with scissors on Friday afternoon.
Johannes Oawabeb appeared before Otjiwarongo Magistrate Theophelius Mayumbelo, who informed him of his right to apply for legal representation of his choice or conduct his own defence.
He opted to conduct his own defence when he appears in court on 04 December 2012.
Oawabeb is out on bail of N.dollars 500.
He was arrested on Saturday morning in Otjiwarongo for the stabbing of Ngurare Alpo, 18, at the school gates.
It is alleged that Oawabeb stabbed Alpo three times in the head with scissors and once more on the left chin.
Namibian Police Force (NamPol) Otjozondjupa Regional Crime Investigations’ Coordinator, Deputy Commissioner Moses Khairabeb told Nampa on enquiry Monday that a case of assault with intent to do grievous bodily harm (GBH) was opened against the suspect.
A 17-year-old female Grade Nine eye witness, who spoke to Nampa on condition of anonymity on Friday afternoon, said she was walking a few metres behind Alpo when he was stabbed some few minutes past 13h00.
“We were all walking in one direction towards the main gate of our school when Alpo was stabbed with black scissors by our classmate,” she said, adding that she does not know what led to the stabbing incident.
The suspect then fled the scene on foot with amazing speed, she continued.
The girl and another Grade Nine male classmate picked Alpo up from the ground where he laid in a pool of blood, and supported him to walk slowly to the office of the school principal.
Alpo was then rushed to the Otjiwarongo State Hospital, where he was admitted shortly afterwards for medical treatment, but was discharged later the same day.