WINDHOEK: A trial-awaiting prisoner described as “very dangerous” by the police has escaped from custody at the Wanaheda Police Station.
The Namibian Police Force (NamPol)’s Khomas Regional Crime Investigations Co-ordinator, Deputy Commissioner Sylvanus Nghishidimbwa told Nampa on Sunday that the 27-year-old Leevi Shilunga escaped from lawful police custody on 06 August this year.
His absence was however only discovered on Friday.
Shilunga was one of the suspects arrested by members of NamPol’s Serious Crime Unit in connection with the alleged murder of a Windhoek City Police officer who was shot and killed in the capital in May 2010.
He was tried and found guilty on a charge of murder and had been awaiting sentencing at the time of his escape.
The police are busy investigating the circumstances which led to Shilunga’s escape from custody.
He is reported to be a very dangerous person and the police have urged members of the public to not attempt to arrest him and instead, to report his whereabouts to the nearest police station.
Additional charges of escaping from lawful police custody have now been brought against him.
In an unrelated incident, the police at Rehoboth have arrested a 15-year-old boy after he allegedly stabbed a 23-year-old man to death with a knife at the town’s Block E residential area during a fight.
The stabbing occurred on Saturday night.
The victim, Aibeb Kheinabeb, reportedly died on the spot.
Police investigations into the matter continue.