By: Ludorf Iyambo
A dog fed itself on its 61-year-old owner’s arm after he died in a house he was renting in Rocky Crest last week.
Andries Nicolaas Esterhuyse’s body was discovered on Saturday, however, it is suspected that he died seven days ago, Nampol’s Khomas spokesperson, warrant officer Silas Shipandeni confirmed.
According to Shipandeni, Esterhuyse’s body was discovered by his neighbour, who noticed his tools in the yard as he was fixing and working on his car and realised he had not seen him for about five days.
The neighbour alerted the police, who came to Esterhuyse’s house, and this was when they got the pungent smell coming from the house.
“At the window of the bedroom, there was a strong smell coming out, and when the window was broken, the body of the deceased was discovered and seen on the bed in a decomposed state. His dog was also in the same room, and it fed itself of [sic] his flesh of the right arm,” said Shipandeni.
According to the police, Esterhuyse lived alone in his room, which he was renting, while the house belongs to Gustaf Mumbala.
Shipandeni said next of kin have not yet been informed, but the house owner is assisting in tracing them.
Shipandeni further said Esterhuyse lived alone, and his spouse already passed on.
The body was taken to the police mortuary, while the police took the dog inspector Maurine Barnard of the SPCA.
The cause of death is not known.
“For now, it’s to be treated as natural death unless proven otherwise on the outcomes of the autopsy. Investigation into the incident continues,” said Shipandeni.