Man arrested for brutal murder of his girlfriend

01 Mar 2015 17:10pm
OTJIWARONGO, 01 MAR (NAMPA) – A 39-year-old man was arrested in Tsaraxa-Aibes informal settlement of Otjiwarongo on Saturday afternoon, barely 10-minutes after the brutal murder of his 30-year-old girlfriend.
The spokesperson of the Namibian Police Force (NamPol) in the Otjozondjupa Region, Warrant Officer Maureen Mbeha identified the deceased as Christine Gases whose family have already been informed of her death.
Mbeha told Nampa in an interview on Sunday that that Gases and her boyfriend had both returned to the deceased’s shack from a shebeen at approximately 15h00 on Saturday afternoon.
Gases and the suspect have three minor children together – a girl aged four, another two-year-old-girl, and a baby boy aged one-year-three-months old.
Mbeha said the police’s preliminary investigations indicate that a quarrel broke out after Gases told her boyfriend that she wanted to go back to the shebeen they had just came from.
“It is alleged the man wanted her to prepare food, and she told him that she will only come cook later,” said Mbeha, adding that the woman then went ahead and took a shower to freshen-up herself.
As Gases started to apply lotion on her skin, the suspect stood up angrily and went behind the shack where he picked up an axe. He allegedly smashed her on the head three times with the axe’s head.
“He did not chop her with the axe, he used the unsharpened part to smash her on her head three times,” Mbeha explained.
Gases fell down on her stomach and died on the spot.
The police spokeswoman said that the suspect then exited the house on foot. He allegedly walked past a police vehicle that was patrolling the area.
He then stopped the vehicle and apparently informed the police officers in it that he had just killed Gases before he escorted them to the crime scene.
Mbeha said the axe that was allegedly used in the murder was found lying next to Gases’ body.
The suspect who works as a welder in Otjiwarongo was then arrested.
Police investigations in the matter continue.