Taxi driver and police lay counter charges at Otjiwarongo
OTJIWARONGO, 20 MAR (NAMPA) - A taxi driver claiming that he was attacked and gun-pointed by two police officers here last Thursday, laid a charge of common assault against the police on Friday.
Sakaria Tangeni Vaino, 23, maintained that he was attacked during Namibian Police Force (NamPol) operations along Dr Libertina Amathila Street at the Orwetoveni residential area.
The Otjozondjupa police set up roadblocks, stopping and searching pedestrians and street vendors and taxi driver licences.
Vaino was stopped and the officers asked for his licence.
Eyewitness Esmeralda !Aebes told Nampa later that day that Vaino was allegedly punched in the face and stomach for about three minutes by one officer.
She said another officer joined in, punching Vaino until he spat blood on the ground.
She said Vaino did not fight back and had produced a licence.
Another eyewitness, Lovisa Kayambu, said there was a third officer present but he did not touch Vaino.
Vaino was later arrested and taken to the Otjiwarongo Police Station.
Both officers laid charges against Vaino.
The first case (CR 74/03/2017) is assault by threat after Vaino threatened to deal with them once they were off-duty.
Another case (CR 76/03/2017) is of obstructing and assaulting a police officer while executing his duties.
Vaino appeared in the Otjiwarongo Magistrate’s Court on Friday and posted bail of N.dollars 2 000.
He has to return to court on 31 March 2017.
Otjiwarongo Police Station Commander, Chief Inspector Francis Makata last week told this news agency he was aware of the incident and would investigate it before pronouncing himself on the matter.