Pensioner killed at Outjo, police offer N$20 000 reward

30 Oct 2014 16:00pm
WINDHOEK, 30 OCT (NAMPA) - The Namibian Police Force (NamPol) is offering a reward of N.dollars 20 000 for any information which could lead to the arrest of an Outjo pensioner’s murderers.
NamPol's Otjozondjupa Regional Public Relations’ Officer, Sergeant Maureen Mbeha told Nampa on Thursday that Outjo resident Gert Koekemoer, 72, was declared dead upon arrival at the Outjo State Hospital shortly after three unknown men allegedly attacked him at his residence there last Friday.
The incident is said to have taken place at around 21h00.
A 60-year-old woman who was with the deceased person in the house survived the alleged attack, and is now recovering at the Outjo State Hospital.
She sustained stab wounds on her left shoulder.
According to Mbeha, members of NamPol's Serious Crime Investigations’ Unit at Outjo have been working around the clock to trace the culprits as from Friday, but with no success.
For this reason, NamPol decided to avail a reward of N.dollars 20 000 for any information which could help with the arrest of the three unknown suspects.
Members of the public with information on the matter are requested to contact Chief Inspector Deon Marais at 0812440971, or their nearest police station.
On the day of the alleged attack, the woman apparently left a kiosk attached to the house in order to lock a small gate at the house.
On her way back to the kiosk, she was allegedly approached by three men who forced her inside the house, while at the same time demanding money from her.
They then allegedly started assaulting her, and she lost consciousness.
When she recovered, she found that she had been stabbed on her shoulder, and saw Koekemoer lying in a pool of blood in front of her.
The police arrived at the scene within minutes and immediately took both to the Outjo State Hospital, where Koekemoer was declared dead upon arrival.
His next of kin have already been informed.
Meanwhile, in an unrelated matter, the police at Okahandja reported that Lorraine Pretorius, 23, ended her life by shooting herself in the head with a 9- millimetre pistol at the Okahandja Country Lodge.
The incident occurred on Wednesday at around 15h55.
She died while receiving medical attention at the Okahandja State Hospital.
Preliminary police investigations have it that Pretorius was suffering from depression, Mbeha said.
Police investigations into the two cases continue.