British billionaire charged for Kamanjab murder
The billionaire allegedly shot dead an employee during a drunken barbeque scuffle.
09 March 2021 | Crime
A British billionaire has been charged with murder after allegedly shooting dead a member of his staff during a scuffle at a barbecue in Namibia.
Harvey Boulter, 51, is said to have threatened Gerhard van Wyk with the pistol in an argument which erupted after he drunkenly suggested that the 54-year-old's daughter-in-law owed him sex in exchange for a favour.
Van Wyk tried to wrestle the pistol out of Boulter's hands but was hit by a single shot and died on the way to hospital, it is claimed.
Boulter - a Ukip donor who once had a hand in Liam Fox's resignation from the UK cabinet - was later arrested at his 66,000-acre property and is facing a murder charge.
The argument is said to have broken out as Boulter discussed a plan for Van Wyk's son Gerhard Jr and his wife Liani to build their own home on the billionaire's land.
Boulter, described by a source as “very drunk”, allegedly remarked that Liani 'would have to have sex with him every other night to repay the favour'.
“Gerhard Jr objected to that, they began to argue, Harvey pulled out his weapon and then when his father came to try and get the gun off him, they wrestled and it went off,” a source told The Times.
Van Wyk, who was the manager of Boulter's property, was taken to a car by his wife Alta to be rushed to the nearest hospital but died about 29 kilometres into the 161 kilometre journey, police said.
Chief Inspector Paavo Iyambo told The Times: “Harvey apparently insulted Van Wyk's daughter-in-law, became aggressive and threatened the family with a pistol.
“Van Wyk tried to keep the peace, intervened and tried to take the pistol away from Harvey.”
The family's lawyer Jan Wessels said Gerhard Jr had also been in the car as the family rushed his wounded father to Outjo State Hospital.
Following Mr Van Wyk's death, his family reported the incident to the police and Boulter, whose hand was also injured in the scuffle, was arrested at his property.
The murder charge comes years after the businessman, who is also a Ukip donor, forced Liam Fox to resign from the Cabinet after revealing he was travelling the world with a bogus 'adviser'.
In 2011, it was revealed Dr Fox had taken a close friend and former flatmate Adam Werritty with him on 18 overseas trips as part of his official party, funded by private donors and business interests, and given him access to the defence ministry.
The revelation, which was disclosed by Boulter, led to an inquiry by Cabinet Secretary Sir Gus O'Donnell, which found Fox had breached the ministerial code.
Following the scandal, Fox resigned and apologised for “allowing distinctions to be blurred between professional responsibilities and personal loyalties.”