Owner of gun used in alleged suicide not off the hook yet

01 Jan 2014 11:00am
KEETMANSHOOP, 01 JAN (NAMPA) - The unidentified owner of a pistol used by a young woman to allegedly commit suicide at Keetmanshoop last week might face a charge of negligence in connection with his handling of the firearm.
The 19-year-old Kenorita Beukes from Rehoboth allegedly committed suicide in her boyfriend’s room at Keetmanshoop by shooting herself in the stomach with a pistol last Wednesday.
Chief Inspector Bennie Groenewald of the Namibian Police Force (NamPol) at Keetmanshoop told Nampa on Tuesday the suicide file will be referred to the Prosecutor-General for a decision on whether the gun owner should be charged or not.
Chief Inspector Chief Inspector Niikodemus Nampala said last week the gun owner had not been charged with negligence with regards to the handling of the firearm as he had placed it in a drawer which was closed.
Groenewald said that was however not a final decision, and the Prosecutor-General will now have to take a decision on the matter.
Nampala explained that the deceased had come from Rehoboth to visit her boyfriend for his birthday last Wednesday.
The suicide took place at 12h55 in a flat next to the prison canteen.
While at the birthday party at the flat, a friend of Beukes’s boyfriend allegedly put his gun away in a drawer next to a bed.
“Beukes allegedly managed to see the weapon and sneaked inside, wrote a suicide note and then shot herself with the weapon,” Nampala said.
By Tuesday, the police could still not disclose the content of the suicide note or the name of the deceased’s boyfriend and his friend.