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Billionaire Murder Case Moved to Windhoek High Court

By: Justicia Shipena

The prosecutor general’s office has referred the case in which British farm owner Harvey Boulter faces a murder charge to the Windhoek High Court.

The 53-year-old Boulter is charged in connection with a fatal shooting in the Outjo district nearly a year ago.

Boulter, accused of murdering his farm manager, Gerhard van Wyk, will appear in the Windhoek High Court for a pre-trial conference.

“The accused must be informed that he must attend a pre-trial conference in the High Court in Windhoek on 19 May 2022 at 09h00,” the prosecutor general’s office has said.

Boulter previously appeared at the Kamanjab Magistrate’s Court.

Last year, during his appearance at Kamanjab, Boulter denied guilt on counts of murder, possession of a firearm and ammunition without a licence, and defeating or obstructing the course of justice.

Court documents indicate that he shot Van Wyk at his Outjo district game farm, between Kamanjab and Etosha National Park.

The defence team said that the cross-examination was unfair and strange during the bail hearing.

“The firearm charge and State Counsel’s cross-examination thereon did not make sense because it is evident that the gun shop on the farm belongs to the accused. All the above unfair and strange questioning,” it said.

Boulter, who lawyer Kadhila Amoomo represents, argued that there was no iota of evidence on the charge of an attempt to defeat and obstruct the course of justice.

Amoomo had also said that Van Wyk’s wife has been demanding payment in the region of N$55 million to make the matter disappear.

Moreover, in his testimony, Boulter had said the shooting happened after an altercation during a lamb spit braai at his farm.

Van Wyk was struck in the abdomen when the shot went off. He died while being transported to a hospital.

The bullet that struck Van Wyk also injured Boulter when it went through his left hand.

Boulter was granted bail of N$500 000 in July last year.

Magistrate Immanuel Udjombala amended and relaxed Boulter’s bail conditions earlier this year, allowing him to be outside Windhoek for three months.

However, the state prosecution, represented by Vivian Ndana, had said the prosecutor general’s decision is still not available, and the matter has been returned with further instructions.

Previously, Boulter was ordered to reside at a fixed address in Windhoek by High Court Judge Claudia Claasen.


Justicia Shipena

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