The Windhoek Magistrate’s Court last week heard the case of Katutura resident Vaino Namboga (40), who was arrested in July this year for setting his lover’s belongings on fire.
The events which led to Namboga’s arrest started in the Katutura informal settlement of Havana, where an altercation between the accused and his lover over a sour relationship ended in an arrest after Namboga had tried to strangle his lover.
On 11 July this year in Havana, Namboga and his girlfriend started arguing, whereupon he ended up trying to strangle her and pulling her hair, in the process causing her serious injury.
The assault did not end there as he allegedly went on to set her clothing, bedding and suitcase to the value of N$7000 on fire, thereby destroying her property. The altercation then ended in him publicising that she was HIV positive, which is why she has not been able to menstruate.
When he was arrested, he was charged with common assault for attempting to strangle her and pulling her hair; malicious damage to property for burning her belongings; as well as crimen injuria for using obscene language towards her.
All charges were listed under the Domestic Violence Act 4 of 2003, which is supposed to combat violence in domestic situations. When he appeared before Magistrate Hambeleleni Heita and public prosecutor Maria Andimba, he was still out on N$1,500 bail.
His case was then postponed until 11 July next year. He was warned not to make any direct contact with the complainant, or to go to the place where she resides. He should furthermore come for his next hearing, or else the court will issue a warrant of arrest for him.