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British billionaire is charged with pistol murder in Namibia

A British billionaire has been charged with murder after allegedly killing a member of his staff during a scuffle at a barbecue in Namibia. 

Harvey Boulter, 51, is accused of killing Gerhard van Wyk with a pistol after allegedly propositioning the 54-year-old’s daughter-in-law and becoming aggressive towards his family.   

Van Wyk is said to have intervened and tried to wrestle the weapon off him, leading to a scuffle that ended in his death. 

Mr Van Wyk, who is the manager of Boulter’s 66,000-acre property, was rushed to the nearest hospital around 100 miles away from the farm, police said. 

However he died around 18 miles after the vehicle, which was being driven by his wife Alta to Outjo State Hospital, set off from the property.

Billionaire tycoon Harvey Boulter (pictured), 51, has been charged with murder after his employee Gerhard van Wyk, 54, was shot at his farm

Boulter, who was shot in the hand by the single shot, has now been charged with murder and is in police custody, his lawyer confirmed.

Chief Inspector Paavo Iyambo told The Times: ‘Harvey apparently insulted Van Wyk’s daughter-in-law, became aggressive and threatened the family with a pistol.

‘Van Wyk tried to keep the peace, intervened and tried to take the pistol away from Harvey.’

The family’s lawyer Jan Wessels said the couple’s son Gerhard Jr had also been in the car as the family rushed a wounded Mr Van Wyk to the hospital.

During the ‘indecent proposal’ row, Boulter had allegedly said that Mr Van Wyk’s daughter-in-law Liani, who had recently married his son Gerhard Jr, should enter sexual relations with him after he permitted the couple to build their own house on his land.

A source told The Times: ‘Harvey, who was very drunk, said that Liani would have to have sex with him every other night to repay the favour.’  

Following Mr Van Wyk’s death, his family reported the incident to the police and Boulter, who is also a donor to Ukip, was arrested at his property.    

The murder charge comes years after the businessman forced Liam Fox to resign from the Cabinet after revealing he was travelling the world with a bogus ‘adviser’. 

The billionaire, pictured, had allegedly insulted Mr Van Wyk's daughter-in-law and threatened his family with a pistol

The billionaire, pictured, had allegedly insulted Mr Van Wyk’s daughter-in-law and threatened his family with a pistol

In 2011, the billionaire tycoon forced the former defence secretary Liam Fox to resign after revealing he was travelling with a bogus 'adviser'

In 2011, the billionaire tycoon forced the former defence secretary Liam Fox to resign after revealing he was travelling with a bogus ‘adviser’

In 2011, it was revealed Dr Fox, had taken close friend  and former flatmate Adam Werritty with him on 18 overseas trips as part of his official party, funded by private donors and business interests, and given him frequent access to the Ministry of Defence (MoD).

The revelation, which was disclosed by Boulter, led to an inquiry by Cabinet Secretary Sir Gus O’Donnell finding that Dr Fox had breached the Ministerial Code. 

Following the scandal, Dr Fox resigned and apologised for ‘allowing distinctions to be blurred between professional responsibilities and personal loyalties.’ 

He said: ‘I accept that it was a mistake to allow distinctions to be blurred between my professional responsibilities and my personal loyalties to a friend. I am sorry for this.

‘At no stage did I or my department provide classified information or briefings to Mr Werritty or assist with his commercial work – let alone benefit personally from this work.

‘Nevertheless, I do accept that given Mr Werritty’s defence-related business interests, my frequent contacts with him may have given an impression of wrongdoing, and may also have given third parties the misleading impression that Mr Werritty was an official adviser rather than simply a friend.

‘I have learned lessons from this experience.’

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