Vicious murder leaves country in shock

05 November 2018 | Crime

Jessica Botes

A single mother and her daughter had been living in Swakopmund for almost a year when tragedy struck.

On Friday afternoon at 16:00, Lindie Prinsloo (39) was found murdered in her home in Swakopmund. She was lying in a pool of blood in the bathroom, with a wide open cut on her throat. Her six-year-old daughter was in the house when her mother was murdered.

Soon after her murder, the Namibian police launched a manhunt for her boyfriend, Ivan Pitt.

According to Erongo crime investigations coordinator Erastus Iikuyu, the police are looking for Pitt to question him in this regard.

“He drove away with a deceased's car, a white Kia hatchback, and he is not answering his phone.

“The suspect was apparently abusive and is on bail on charges of assault common and assault by threat in which he made a threat to the deceased that he will kill her,” said Iikuyu.

By Saturday afternoon the police had not yet traced Pitt, but his cell phone was allegedly traced to Swakopmund. It is also suspected that he could be hiding with family in Henties Bay or Omaruru.

Reports of the murder spread like wild fire on social media over the weekend. Namibians from all over the country expressed their shock and horror at the vicious murder, with many calling for the reinstatement of the death penalty.

“Tragic, no this is too terrible. Women and children have no protection in this country. Murderers and rapists roam freely out on bail. That poor child is without a mother tonight,” said Querita Hardnick on Erongo’s facebook page.

Many other readers were in agreement with Hardnick.

“At what point will our justice system start protecting victims of domestic violence?”

“I don’t understand why the government cannot bring the death penalty back.”

According to a media report Prinsloo and her daughter moved to Swakopmund from Outjo almost one year ago ‘to start a new life’.

She is the founder and CEO of the Have-A-Heart Project, which she started in Outjo in 2012.

“My passion is to help as many township pets to live a healthy and happy life in Namibia. To date we have spayed and neutered over 3 000 township animals with owners who would otherwise not be able to afford a veterinary care for their pets,” she said on her website.

Her love for animals was also intrinsically linked with her love for art and over the years she has hosted many exhibitions to raised funds for the project.

The police has called on anyone with information about Pitt’s whereabouts to contact Iikuyu on 081 246 4757, Det. Sgt. Kongoro on 081 229 0149 or any nearest police station.

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