Arsonist locked up

Just before New Year’s Eve Mondesa recorded two cases of arson. On 29 December around 07:00 Ivan Francis (46) allegedly broke into a shack in Mondesa and burned the bed sheets.

The total value of the damaged property is estimated at N$800. It is further alleged that the suspect is the ex-boyfriend of the complainant’s sister. The ex-girlfriend is also staying in the same ghetto, but she was not in the area during the incident. A search was launched to trace and arrest the suspect but without success. A case of housebreaking with intent to commit a crime and malicious damage to property was opened at the Mondesa Police station.

According to information received by Erongo regional police crime investigating coordinator Erastus Iikuyu, Francis threatened to burn down the shack. Later that day at around 21:00 the same shack caught fire and spread to a second shack, a house and two shacks on that plot. The fire further spread to one more shack. five shacks were completely burnt down.
It is suspected that the same suspect: Ivan Francis is the one who set the ghetto on fire. He was later arrested and appeared at Swakopmund Magistrate Court on 31 December 2018. Investigation continues.

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