Another pensioner commits suicide making it the fourth case for August

A 73-year-old Swakopmund resident committed suicide over the weekend, making it the fourth case of suicide in the month of August reported along the central coastal area. According to Deputy Commissioner Erastus Iikuyu, police regional crime investigations coordinator for Erongo, John Douglas Bassingthwaigthe, killed himself by shooting himself with a pistol in the head.
According to Iikuyu the pensioner was seen on Saturday at about 12:30 sitting on one of the wooden poles separating the OK entertainment beach area in Vineta from the Vineta suburb. A gardener who was busy working at a house opposite heard a gunshot and saw a man lying in the sand.
He reported the incident to his employer who called the police and E-Med Paramedics. Bassingthwaigthe was severely injured and taken to the Cottage Hospital where he passed away. “No foul play is suspected and he left no suicide note,” Iikuyu explained.
This most recent case of suicide is the fourth similar case reported within eight days in August. The first suicide was reported on 4 August when prominent coastal hospitality personality Andreas Munkelwitz committed suicide by hanging in his home in Walvis Bay. On 7 August 81-year-old Swakopmund resident Joachim Kulik shot and killed himself with a pistol in the Swakopmund suburb Kramersdorf. Only two days later Jos Bakas Hamaseb (29) committed suicide by hanging in Mondesa

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