WINDHOEK: A Zimbabwean national was arrested by members of the Namibian Police Force (NamPol)’s Serious Crime Unit on Saturday in connection with the alleged murder of a 30-year-old Namibian citizen.
Khomas Regional Commanding Officer, Commissioner Festus Shilongo told Nampa on Sunday that the foreign national was arrested after he was found in illegal possession of some personal items belonging to the deceased.
The suspected killer was found in possession of a cellphone and laptop bag belonging to the deceased person, who lived alone in the Wanaheda residential area in Katutura.
His decomposed body was discovered by neighbours last Monday.
According to Shilongo, the deceased and the suspect knew each other well and were said to be friends before the alleged killing.
The deceased person was allegedly strangled to death.
A motor vehicle, a laptop and some other valuable personal items which were allegedly stolen from the man’s house after his death are yet to be found.
The suspect will in all probability appear before the immigration tribunal during the course of the week before he is then brought to court to face a charge of murder.
The identity of the deceased person cannot be revealed at this stage as his next of kin have not yet been informed of his death.
Shilongo said police investigations into the alleged murder case continue.
In an unrelated incident, a male cyclist lost his life at around 08h00 on Sunday morning when he was hit and killed by a passing vehicle on the B1 road in the Brakwater area on the northern outskirts of the capital.
It is reported that the accident happened when the driver of a Volkswagen Amarok bakkie lost control of the vehicle, causing the vehicle to leave the road and hit the cyclist.
The cyclist died on the spot and the police have opened a case of culpable homicide against the driver of the bakkie.
The body of the victim was being kept at the Police Mortuary in Windhoek for positive identification by members of his family.