Owner of a pistol used by his nephew to allegedly shoot and kill a woman could face charge of negligence of handling of a firearm

WALVIS BAY: The owner of a pistol used by his nephew to allegedly shoot and kill a woman in Walvis Bay could face a charge of negligence of handling of a firearm.

Suspect Jomo Petrus, 29, allegedly stole his uncle’s pistol and used it to shoot and kill his girlfriend Louise Alupe at Independence Beach in Kuisebmond after she broke up with him.

Detective Chief Inspector Erastus Iikuyu of the Namibian Police Force (NamPol) at Walvis Bay told Nampa yesterday the police are investigating how Petrus managed to get hold of his uncle’s gun.

He said they are investigating the case and if it happens that there was negligence from the owner, the charges will be brought against him.

Petrus stayed with his uncle in Marlyn Cresent Street in Kuisebmond’s Kabeljou area, where police suspect he stole the uncle’s weapon.

The incident in which the 24-year-old Alupe was blindfolded and shot in the head twice at close range took place last Monday.

Petrus appeared in the Walvis Bay Magistrate’s Court last Friday on charges of murder, theft of a firearm, alternatively, the illegal possession of a firearm.

SOURCE: NAMPA