WALVIS BAY – A good deed by a Swakopmund pensioner has cost him his life when he was allegedly murdered by an unemployed man he was helping with accommodation by strangulation.
The Ocean View resident, Thomas Frikkie van Schalkwyk (69), was strangled to death on Thursday, allegedly by the 36-year-old suspect he was trying to help out while he was looking for a job at the coast. It is alleged that they argued over money.
The suspect apparently strangled the accused, locked his body inside his house and allegedly went on a drug binge shortly thereafter in Walvis Bay.
Crime investigations coordinator for Erongo, Deputy Commissioner Erastus Iikuyu on Saturday told journalists the murder was only detected when the suspect handed himself over to the police on Friday afternoon.
“The suspect after the alleged murder locked the deceased inside his own home, took his green Jeep and drove to Walvis Bay to a drug dealers house in Narraville and bought drugs without money.
This resulted in the deceased car being confiscated by the drug dealer,” Iikuyu said on Saturday.
According to Iikuyu, the suspect was taken into custody while the police went to the victim’s house where they found his lifeless body in the sitting room. He added that a post-mortem will be conducted this week to determine the exact cause of death.
The Jeep was also discovered and was taken to the Narraville police station for safekeeping.