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      'They washed away the evidence'

      by Puyeipawa Nakashole

      IN PAIN ... Shelldou Daries, who was allegedly attacked by his two childhood friends two weeks after his 21st birthday, has seen his life turn into a nightmare. Daries cannot move by himself and has drastically lost weight as a result. Photo: Henry van Rooi

      TWO weeks after his 21st birthday, Shelldou Daries was allegedly brutally attacked by his childhood friends and locked up in a room and covered in a blanket for a day.

      Shelldou was rushed to the intensive care unit of the Katutura Intermediate Hospital in Windhoek by the two 'friends'. Since then, his life has never been the same again. He is now bedridden and has to be washed and fed.

      The two accused, Llewellyn Olivier and Alistair Steenkamp, were arrested and appeared in the Windhoek Magistrate's Court on charges of attempted murder and kidnapping.

      Investigating officer Matthew Nashapi last week said the two accused are out on N$3 000 bail each and are expected to make their next court appearance on 17 May.

      Nashapi said the investigations into the case are still ongoing.

      Both Olivier and Steenkamp did not respond to questions from The Namibian last week.


      Shelldou's mother, Jonnie Daries (45), last week said the suspects had removed all the evidence on the blanket by washing it.

      The mother of two said when she asked them why they had washed the blanket after rushing him to the hospital the following day, they said he had urinated on the sheets.

      Recounting her ordeal to The Namibian last week, Mrs Daries said she experienced the biggest shock of her life when the hospital called her and she witnessed her child fighting for his life.

      “He left the house in the morning to attend a funeral of the suspect's father, saying he would return at around 14h00-15h00, but as soon as those hours passed I had a strange feeling that something was not right. I could not point out what exactly was wrong, but I knew that something somewhere was not okay,” she added.

      She said the incident happened on 18 September last year and the family was only informed the next day.

      “That morning I went to church and came back thinking I was going to have an amazing day, until I was hit with the worst news any mother can ever hear,” she said.

      Daries said that morning, when they were preparing for church, her sister kept complaining of a strong smell of blood.

      “That very same time, I noticed that my son did not sleep in the house, but I was not so worried because these are his childhood friends and they are our neighbours.

      “Just when he turned 21, this had to happen. This was supposed to be a time when he lived his life to the fullest, but instead he will be lying on a bed, unable to walk, talk or say a word ,” Daries added.

      She said as disheartening as it is, her focus is not on the accused but on ensuring that her son gets well.

      The Namibian visited Mrs Daries' home in Maroela in Windhoek last week, where she showed a Facebook post of one of the accused that read: “went from shitting in a cell to shitting in a hotel!!”.

      “This is very painful for someone to be posting such pictures of him looking happy and celebrating in a hotel while my son is stuck on this bed for the rest of his life,” she said. She also says her son suffered brain damage and as a result, his speech is impaired.

      The mother is appealing to good Samaritan to help with adult diapers for her son, as she cannot afford them all the time because she is an unemployed and single mother.

      According to Daries, Shelldou has been admitted to Katutura Intermediate Hospital after he started vomiting blood.

      “This is really concerning because I can read his face or he gives me indications when he is not feeling well. He has been vomiting blood and he is now in the hospital,” she said.

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