Weekend of suicides

Eileen van der Schyff


Two Swakopmund men, in two separate incidents, took their own lives over the weekend.
It is suspected that a man shot himself in the head with a revolver on Saturday this past weekend. The revolver was found in his right hand. The police found another shotgun in the room where the man took his own life.
A family friend of the deceased Dirk Jacobus Visser (57), made the gruesome discovery, after his daughter who works in Mali got worried because her father did not answer her phone calls, and contacted Mr. Francouis Jacobs to check on her father. According to Mr. Jacobs, Visser was suffering with depression since the passing away of his wife some time ago. He also since then resorted to heavy alcohol consumption. Visser was last seen alive in the morning hours of 31 August. The police found no possible break in or forced entry and no foul play is suspected.
In another incident, John William Isaks (44), was found hanging from an electrical cord in the corridor of their home, by his girlfriend, Othilie Hanstein. Hanstein informed the police that she was with Isaks the night before and they had an argument. Isaks went home after the argument and Hanstein went to overnight at a friend’s house. Isaks left his girlfriend a suicide note and no foul play was suspected.

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