Husband arrested for wife’s murder

Crime

07 November 2021 | Crime

Ileni Shapumba; Inspector; “It is suspected that the suspect killed the deceased by shooting her in the head from the back.”

Walvis Bay • [email protected]

Engela Strydom (48) was allegedly murdered by her husband on Thursday evening in their home in Vaughan Webster Street, Meersig, Walvis Bay.

Acquaintances, friends and family members expressed their disbelief and shock about the manner in which Strydom died. An incident report provided by the police states that it is suspected that the deceased was shot in the head from behind with a 9mm firearm. The weapon was found hidden under a pillow while four spent cartridges were found on the crime scene.
Inspector Ileni Shapumba, unit commander for community affairs, confirmed the incident.

The couple were seen earlier enjoying themselves at a pub in town. The deceased left for their home first, while the husband followed a short time later. According to the husband, upon arriving at their home, he found her on the balcony with a gunshot wound to her head. Strydom’s husband initially reported to the police that his wife had committed suicide. However, according to Shapumba, the preliminary investigation conducted by the police revealed strong opposing evidence. “Through investigations, the police determined that Strydom was murdered. Her husband is expected to make his first appearance in court on Monday on a charge of murder. Police officers could also not locate the firearm licence the husband claimed to possess for the gun found at the scene.”

The couple tied the knot on 4 July 2021 after they met in 2019. Some local residents allege that the couple was not happy in their marriage. This was apparently evident when they were seen in public. Strydom is described by acquaintances as a lovely and kind hearted person. The mother of two owned Sefco Property Managers in Walvis Bay, and has been a real estate agent since 1994. She began giving property courses and preparing her students to write and pass the Namibia Estate Agent Board Examination, which takes place three times a year. She also assisted several real estate agencies at the coast to start their businesses, and derived immense satisfaction from seeing her students go from real estate agents to becoming owners of real estate companies.

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