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Prominent pastor charged with attempted murder

Prominent pastor charged with attempted murder

Niël Terblanché

THE 55-year-old Franz Gertze, the Chief Executive Officer of the Namibia Qualification Authority and a prominent pastor in Windhoek, was arrested at the Roman Catholic Hospital in the early hours of Saturday morning after it was discovered that he attempted to murder his wife by shooting her seven times with a hunting rifle.


Gertze’s intentions turned from murderous to merciful when his wife, the 29-year-old Anittha Gertze, did not die as he had planned.


The couple has two small children and has been married for the past five years. In several social media posts the victim elaborated how happy she was with her family life which makes the motive for the cold blooded attack on her all the more mysterious.


According to Chief Inspector Kauna Shikwambi of the Namibian Police’s Public Relations Division the suspect’s change of heart saw him loading his critically wounded wife into his car and taking her to the Roman Catholic Hospital where he pleaded with intensive care unit personnel to save her life.

“It is standard procedure in all Namibian hospitals to contact the Namibian Police immediately when a gunshot victim is brought to the emergency room. When officers arrived at the hospital, the suspect told them that he heard intruders walking around in his house and that he fired his rifle randomly in the bedroom that he shares with his wife.”


According to Chief Inspector Shikwambi the officers arrested Gertze at the hospital and discovered a loaded pistol in his car. The officers then took the suspect to the couple’s house in Scheppmann Street where the shooting incident occurred.


There was no indication that a break-in occurred and upon further investigation the officers discovered the rifle with which he shot his wife as well as a suicide note written by the suspect.


According to Chief Inspector Shikwambi the investigating officer is still attempting to establish the motive for the cold blooded attack and added that the pastor was charged with attempted murder that will be read with the domestic violence statuettes as well as the negligent discharge of a firearm.

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