Farmowner killed near Okahandja

26 Jul 2015 18:00pm
WINDHOEK, 26 JUL (NAMPA) – A retired businessman was shot dead on his farm outside Okahandja in the Otjozondjupa Region on Friday.
Namibian Police Force (NamPol)’s Regional Commander in the Otjozondjupa Region, Moses Khairabeb confirmed the incident to Nampa upon enquiry Sunday afternoon.
He said the deceased - Gerald Winfried Leitner, 76 - was shot once in the left side of his chest and died on the spot at Farm Dornfeld, located 67 kilometres outside Okahandja.
Khairabeb said the suspects stole a 7.65 millimetre pistol from the farmhouse, as well as an undisclosed amount of money, and fled the scene in an unidentified vehicle.
It is suspected that the murder and robbery were committed by the same group of men who tried to rob Leitner two days earlier.
Nampa learned that the first robbery attempt failed after Leitner fired warning shots, scaring the robbers away. He immediately on Wednesday reported the attempted robbery incident to the police in Okahandja and supplied them with the registration number of the vehicle used by the unknown suspects.
According to sources, police promised to go to the farm and carry out an investigation but never went there.
Khairabeb told Nampa a team of serious crime investigators were sent to the farm to conduct an investigation.
The deceased used to own an arts and crafts shop along Independence Avenue in Windhoek. He lived alone on the farm.
A case of murder and robbery with aggravating circumstances has been opened, and police investigations into the matter continue.