New Era (Windhoek)

Namibia: Tragedy Strikes Birthday Party

Windhoek — A birthday party at a house in Golgotha ended in tragedy on Saturday when a 21-year-old man allegedly slit his girlfriend's throat with a shard of broken glass.

The victim Melanie Booysen (20) died on the spot.

On Sunday New Era visited the house, and found the party decorations still adorning the house. The house was full of friends who came to pay their last respects to the late Booysen who was allegedly murdered by her boyfriend in an incident witnessed by horror-stricken partygoers.

The victim's aunt Desire Swartz informed New Era that the victim's throat was cut with a piece of broken glass.

Swartz said the late Booysen asked the accused something and he got upset. The identity of the accused cannot be divulged until he appears in court.

She added that it was not a big quarrel. The accused is currently in hospital under police guard. He allegedly drove off after the incident and attempted to jump off the roof of his parents' neighbours house, located in Golgotha as well. He survived and reportedly fractured both his legs. He was arrested around 17:00 on the same day of the crime, Swartz said on Sunday.

The couple have a four-year child. Swartz said that the couple used to quarrel, but she is unsure if he ever beat her.

On Sunday a neighbour who spoke to New Era on condition of anonymity said that she was sitting outside on Saturday, when she heard the couple arguing. She sent her daughter to see what was going on, and her daughter came back saying that someone was lying on the floor.

The woman added that she locked her shebeen, and called the City Police, who responded immediately and were at the scene in about 10 -15 minutes, followed by the Namibian Police who arrived two hours later.

She further claimed that the ambulance took between 30 to 45 minutes to arrive shortly after the woman was pronounced dead from a possible loss of blood.

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