Bakels sales rep shot dead at Grootfontein

22 Jul 2015 14:40pm
OTJIWARONGO, 22 JUL (NAMPA) – A sales representative for Bakels Namibia’s northern regions was on Tuesday shot dead by armed robbers at his farmhouse outside Grootfontein.
The Namibian Police Force (NamPol)’s Otjozondjupa Regional Public Relations Officer, Warrant Officer Maureen Mbeha told Nampa in an interview on Wednesday the deceased has been identified as Pieter Jacob, 52.
Jacob was shot twice – once in the head and on the left side of the chest.
“He died on the way to the hospital,” said the police officer.
Mbeha said it is alleged that Jacob was supposed to go bank a large sum of money from Bakels on that Tuesday afternoon, but found the bank closed.
He returned to his house and kept the money there.
The house is situated on Farm Felsengulle, approximately seven kilometres east of Grootfontein in the Otjozondjupa Region.
It is suspected that after dropping the cash at home, Jacob then transported two farmworkers to Grootfontein.
Upon his return, at approximately 17h30, he was shot with a pistol after exiting his vehicle.
Mbeha said Jacob’s 78-year-old mother who was inside the house at the time, heard two gunshots.
She allegedly checked through a window and saw her son lying on the ground in front of the house, and she also allegedly saw four young men standing there with a pistol.
Mbeha explained that the old woman then pressed an emergency button, and all the men fled the scene when the alarm sounded.
The police together with the hospital nurses were called to the scene and took Jacob to the Grootfontein State Hospital.
He was however declared dead upon arrival at the hospital.
Mbeha is now calling on all Namibians dealing with money not to keep large sums of money in their homes, saying it can attract criminals to their houses.
The police brought in a man for questioning at the Grootfontein Police Station on Wednesday morning.
No official arrests have been made so far, and police investigations continue.