CHIEF Execute Officer (CEO) of the Namibia Qualifications Authority (NQA), Franz Gertze, who is accused of shooting his wife six times over the weekend, today appeared in Windhoek Magistrate’s Court for attempted murder read with the Domestic Violence Act and negligent discharge of a firearm.
During the 55-year-old Gertze’s brief court appearance before Magistrate Samunzala Linus, the matter was remanded to 20 February 2020 for further police investigations.
Gertze will remain in custody.
It is alleged that on Saturday, 16 November, at about 00:30 in Schepman Street, Pioneers Park, Gertze shot his 29-years-old wife and mother to his two children, Anita Gertze, with a 7.7mm rifle in the upper legs and in the hip before transporting her to a private Windhoek hospital in a critical condition.
In his initial statement to the police after his arrest, Gertze informed the police that he heard intruders walking into his house and that he fired his rifle randomly in the bedroom that he shares with his wife.
When the police inspected his house, however, they established that there was no sign that the house was broken into by alleged intruders.
Police also found the firearm used in the crime with a bullet still jammed in the chamber and seized another firearm, a pistol belonging to the suspect, that was found in his car.
Another piece of evidence was a suicide note found at the house that police suspect was drafted by the suspect before the shooting incident.
Gertze was represented by Trevor Brockerhoff, while Bernadine Bertolini and Rowan van Wyk stood in for the state.