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Soldier accused of firing gunshots for sex

Mon, 16 September 2013 01:31
by Chris Paul

grootfontein member of the Namibia Defence Force (NDF), Frans Gariseb, fired two gunshots in the air last week in an attempt to scare his girlfriend, Maria Haikali (23), into submitting to accompany him to his house.
According to a report Haikali gave to Grootfontein police, she and Gariseb had arranged, earlier in the day, he would fetch her at 9pm, only for him to go for a drinking spree with friends and then show up at around 1am.
Haikali refused to leave her house.
“The girl lives with her uncle and could not go out with the young man because the family had to go to church the next morning. She eventually came out of the house to explain to him why she would not accompany him,” said Grootfontein police source.
As Haikali walked back into the house, Gariseb fired two gunshots in the air in frustration, which woke the neighbours.
Haikali’s uncle, Thomas Iilonga, has confirmed the incident to The Villager.
“Something like that happened outside my house. The issue is with the police now and you need to talk to them if you want more information. Once such issues are with the police, it is not wise for one to involve the media,” said Iilonga, a former police officer himself.
Although Gariseb has confirmed to being at his girlfriend’s residence on the said day, he has denied firing gunshots.  
“I did not shoot at anything while at my girlfriend’s house because neither my friends nor I had a gun. I did not argue with her, she was just a little upset I had showed up late to fetch her. I was at the police station today (Thursday) for the second time this week; I keep telling them the same story but they do not seem to believe it,” said Gariseb.