Two farm-workers arrested in connection with Beukes’ death

WINDHOEK: Two people have been arrested in connection with the murder of 60-year-old Abraham Jakobus Beukes.

Beukes’ body was found by family members in the bushes at Farm Kalkpan, about 45 kilometres from Rehoboth on Saturday.

The Namibian Police Force (NamPol)’s spokesperson, Inspector Stephanus Nuuyi told a media briefing earlier on Sunday that the deceased’s family members discovered Beukes dead, with his head partially decapitated.

“The police officers went to the nearest police station in Rehoboth to look for an ambulance to take the body to the mortuary and left the body with the family members at the scene, covered with a blanket,” he said.

When the police returned to the scene, someone had, however, removed the head.

“The family members who were left guarding the body indicated that they left the corpse to go drink water, and have no idea who cut off the head. Police officers at the scene indicated that there were no footprints of wild animals at the scene,” explained Nuuyi.

Meanwhile, he told Nampa in an interview on Tuesday that two farmworkers from Farm Kalkpan were arrested on Monday.

The suspected murderers are Jonas Petrus, 50, and 53-year-old Sydney Jonathan.

They appeared in the Katutura Magistrate’s Court today on charges of murder, violating a dead body and defeating the course of justice.

No further information was available on their court appearance.

Nuuyi noted that initially, the police arrested four people for questioning and two were released, but further police investigations are set to follow.

“We will investigate and see whether the two released people are linked to the murder case or not,” he added.

Beukes went missing from the farm on Monday last week.

His head has not yet been recovered.