6 November 2018

Namibia: Suspected Killer Hangs Himself At Swakop

IVAN Pitt, the alleged suspect in the death of the late Lindie Prinsloo (39) who was killed in her home at Swakopmund on Friday, committed suicide by hanging himself in the garage of the same house.

Pitt (31) was in a romantic relationship with Prinsloo. His body was discovered in the garage next to Prinsloo's white Kia hatchback, the vehicle he fled in after allegedly slitting Prinsloo's throat on Friday, leaving her to die in a pool of blood.

Her six-year-old daughter was apparently in the house when her mother was killed.

By Sunday, police were still hunting for Pitt, believing he was hiding somewhere at Swakopmund as signals coming from his mobile phone indicated, according to Erongo crime investigations coordinator Erastus Iikuyu.

Little did anyone know that Pitt had meanwhile found his way back to Prinsloo's home and entered the garage, where he hanged himself from the garage beam.

Police spokesperson Edwin Kanguatjivi also confirmed the suicide, but said it was "definitely not case closed" as an inquest will still take place as to how Pitt died, as well as his role in Prinsloo's death.

The Namibian understands from sources that a man and a car matching that of Prinsloo's vehicle was seen at the house on Saturday morning - the day after the killing. It is alleged that he managed to enter the garage unnoticed. It is also understood that the clothes he was discovered in were blood-stained. Asked for comment on these aspects, Iikuyu said that it was under investigation.

Prinsloo's brother, Human Prinsloo, said it was comforting to know that Pitt was found, even though he was dead.

"No one knows what he could have still done, maybe to someone else, if he was capable of doing that to Lindie," he said, adding that her family did not approve of her relationship with Pitt.

"She always wanted to help, and she wanted to help him too. We advised her that he was not a good man because of how he treated her, but she was always loving and helpful."

Human said that funeral arrangements had not been made yet because the police still have to do a post-mortem.

Relatives of Pitt said they were extremely disappointed at the insensitivity of people after they learned through social media photos that Ivan Pitt's body was discovered after an apparent suicide.

"We only received confirmation from the police later. People are so cruel. We also loved him as a family and also wanted to help find him. We are heartbroken also for Lindie and her family and child. This is a tough time for all of us," said Pitt's cousin yesterday (Monday). "We are torn and mourning the death of both Lindie and Ivan."

Reactions on Facebook were a mixture of glee that justice was done by Pitt himself, and disappointment that it ended too easy for him after having allegedly taken the life of a woman and mother who was much loved. Others accused the police of poor policing, asking how it was possible to have a search while the alleged suspect managed to get back into the house where he allegedly committed the crime, and then take his own life.

Last Friday morning, the day Prinsloo (39), was killed, a post on her Facebook page suggested she was hopeful that November would bring her joy after "the spirit of depression and discouragement" had been broken.

Pitt had been arrested earlier for assault and threatening to kill Prinsloo during one of their violent domestic episodes. He was, however, released on bail.

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