German married to Kenyan woman shoots himself after losing property to relatives
A German living in Diani, Kwale County shot himself after losing properties worth millions to persons close to him.
82-year-old Wolfgang Theodor Fischer was a depressed man suffering from prostate cancer and struggling to pay his medical bills, according to close friends and police.
In a suicide note addressed to Officer Commanding Station (OCS) Diani Police station, Fischer protested a number of issues among them wrangles with his in-laws over property, his deteriorating health condition and how he lost prime plots to people he knew.
The late Fischer was a naturalised Kenyan having stayed in Diani for over 30 years and was married to a Kenyan wife and bought several properties in the area. Fischer, a civilian firearm holder, allegedly shot himself in the mouth with the bullet exiting at the back of the head at his house in Kibundani area of Diani–Ukunda town.
A friend close to Fischer, who sought anonymity, said the German was struggling with depression and has been living a miserable life. He had been contemplating suicide after losing property worth millions. Fischer’s friend, also a German, said that the deceased blamed all his loss on his relatives and people he knew.
“He was very distraught. He has lost money and prime plots to people he knows. I have tried several times to encourage him not to harm himself but he has not done so,” said a close friend, who has known him for the last 10 years.
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Msambweni sub-county police boss Nehemiah Bitok told The Nairobian that preliminary investigations indicate that the deceased used his revolver firearm serial number 940409, to shoot himself. It was recovered at the scene with an empty magazine.
Bitok said the deceased left a suicide note, which the detectives are now investigating to unravel the mystery surrounding his death. A firearm certificate, booklet of serial number 007280 and 13 unspent ammunition were also recovered at the scene by the DCI officers, who responded to the distress call.
However, he declined to reveal all the contents in the suicide note saying it will form part of their investigations.
“He was found lying in a pool of blood inside the room and there was a wound on the back of his head,’’ said the police boss.
Detectives from Director of Criminal Investigations (DCI) said Fischer’s suicide letter raised issues about wrangles with his in-laws over property, his deteriorating health condition and how he lost prime plots to people he knew.
Several people including the deceased family members have been questioned by the DCI in an attempt to unravel the course of his death. The deceased wife Veronica Ndinda, 62, was the first one to be interrogated after she made the report at Diani police station. The Nairobian reached Ms. Ndinda for a comment but she declined to speak.
“Who gave you my number? I am in a mortuary please. Kindly, I can’t speak to you,’’ she said.
Ndinda told the police she found her husband already dead after returning from church at 10am.