Murder, suicide and accidental death in Erongo

10 July 2017 | Crime

OTIS FINCK

A 38-year-old man committed suicide by shooting himself in the head with his 9mm pistol on Friday.

Erongo Police Commissioner Erastus Iikuyu confirmed the death of Simeon Shilunga in Otjimbingwe.

“The deceased allegedly shot himself in the head with his licensed 9mm pistol in his bedroom shortly after an argument with his girlfriend at farm Wilsonfontein in the Otjimbingwe area.

“An argument allegedly erupted at the girlfriend's room and the deceased departed to his residence and then shot himself. He did not leave a suicide note. His next of kin were informed. The body was taken to the Walvis Bay police mortuary for a post-mortem examination and the investigation continues,” Iikuyu said.

The police are also investigating a murder that happened at Kuisebmond on Saturday, 1 July. Iikuyu requested members of the public who witnessed the incident or might have any information which might lead to the arrest of the suspects to contact Detective Warrant Officer Simon on 081 259 5452.

Iikuyu said Immanuel Maurisius (34) was assaulted by a group of four unknown suspects at Big Brother Bar in the Tutaleni residential area between 20:00 and 21:00.

“The victim was allegedly taken with a taxi by family members to Walvis Bay State Hospital after the assault. Nobody reported the matter to the police and on Tuesday, 4 July at around 05:00 the victim passed away at Walvis Bay State Hospital. The matter was only reported to the police that day in the afternoon. The next of kin of the deceased were informed.”

Iikuyu also confirmed the death of Emil Urinavi (57), who apparently fell from a donkey cart on Wednesday at about 19:00.

“The deceased was last seen alive on the way back home to Otjizondjou village, Omatjete area. He dropped off his father at Otjovatjimba village and departed alone on a donkey cart. We suspect the donkey cart drove over a big stone, the victim fell off from the cart, hit his head on the ground and then died on the spot a few meters before he reached his residence. His dead body was discovered by the neighbours and we do not suspect any foul play. The body was taken to Walvis Bay police mortuary for a post-mortem examination to determine the cause of death.”

The body of Heyno Shone Haoseb (26), who had jumped into the sea from the Swakopmund Jetty on 26 July, was recovered on Friday and identified by family members.

“The floating body was found by a public member who was swimming in the area of Maritime court a couple of metres away from the jetty where the deceased allegedly jumped into the sea and drowned. The police was notified and Sea Rescue personnel removed Haoseb’s body.

“He was pronounced dead by medical officials at the scene and the body was taken to Walvis Bay police mortuary where a post-mortem examination will be conducted to determine the cause of death. The investigation continues,” said Iikuyu.

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