KEETMANSHOOP: The human remains discovered just outside Keetmanshoop in June this year have been identified as that of Samuel Blaauw, a resident of this southern town.
His son, Samuel Pieters, told the police last month that the remains, as well as some clothes, shoes and blankets found under bushes about six kilometres outside Keetmanshoop, are those of his 73-year-old father.
Detective Inspector Douglas Hanze of the Namibian Police Force (NamPol) told Nampa Friday that Pieters first identified a Pupkewitz-branded pullover which his father used to wear.
“Pieters said his father sometimes stayed in the bushes as he refused to sleep in his room in a family house. He also said at several occasions the family managed to make him stay at home, but he would always leave,” said the detective.
Blaauw’s remains, his clothes, shoes, blankets and a pot were discovered by a passerby in June, about six kilometres west of Keetmanshoop, near the main road to Lüderitz.
The deceased was suspected to have frozen to death, but the police are still investigating the actual cause of his death.
In a separate incident, police officer Gert Strauss’s petrol theft case has been postponed to 05 December this year for plea and trial.
A court register accessed by Nampa Friday indicates that the 48-year-old Strauss appeared in the Keetmanshoop Magistrate’s Court Thursday for the setting of a trial date.
He is currently on suspension, and stands accused of stealing 25 litres of petrol here in May, using a work petrol card to fill up his private vehicle.
The stolen fuel was valued at about N.dollars 260.
His bail of N.dollars 300 was extended.