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British billionaire who ‘shot his employee during fight over daughter-in-law’ freed on £25k bail

The British billionaire, who allegedly shot his play park manager after drunkenly making an indecent “sex for rent” offer, was released by a judge on £ 25,000 bail in Namibia.

Tycoon Harvey Boulter, 51, is charged with the murder of 54-year-old Gerhard van Wyck after allegedly offering his son to live on his huge estate in exchange for sex with his wife.

Park ranger and reserve manager Van Wyck is said to have blushed at the offer made to his son Gerhard Jr. and new wife Liani, and an argument erupted.

Witnesses told police that Boulter pulled a pistol from his shoulder holster, and in the ensuing struggle, he fired, and the bullet went through his arm and hit Van Wyck in the stomach.

Tycoon Harvey Boulter, 51, is charged with the murder of 54-year-old Gerhard van Wyck after allegedly offering his son to live on his huge estate in exchange for sex with his wife. Photo: Boulter appears at the Windhoek High Court for a bail hearing.

Gerhard van Wyck (far right) died on his way to hospital after trying to wrest a pistol from Boulter's hands during a deadly barbecue fight in Namibia.  His son Gerhard Jr. and daughter-in-law Liani, who Boulter allegedly proposed, are in the foreground.

Gerhard van Wyck (far right) died on his way to hospital after trying to wrest a pistol from Boulter’s hands during a deadly barbecue fight in Namibia. His son Gerhard Jr. and daughter-in-law Liani, who Boulter allegedly proposed, are in the foreground.

Boulter, who sponsored Okeep, who donated £ 30,000 to the party and reported the Westminster political scandal a decade ago that led to the resignation of Tory Defense Secretary Liam Fox, was arrested for the murder.

Boulter, who sponsored Okeep, who donated £ 30,000 to the party and reported the Westminster political scandal a decade ago that led to the resignation of Tory Defense Secretary Liam Fox, was arrested for the murder.

Van Wick’s wife Alt, Gerhard Jr. and Liani embarked on a desperate 100-mile dash from a remote 66,000-acre ranch in Namibia to a nearby hospital.

But the former soldier-turned-play park manager died on the road, just a few miles from access to doctors in the remote town of Outjo from a bullet wound.

The Boultera Karos estate near rural Kamanjab is considered home to the big five lions, leopards, buffaloes, rhinos and elephants, which he bought in 2012 for his love of big game hunting.

Boulter, who was the Okeep donor who gave the party £ 30,000 and brought the news of the Westminster political scandal a decade ago that led to the resignation of Tory Defense Secretary Liam Fox, was arrested for the murder.

The super-wealthy businessman exposed Minister Fox’s “unusual working relationship” in 2011 while traveling the world with his best friend Adam Verritti, whom he passed off as a political adviser.

Despite the February 27 shooting, the Sussex-born tycoon, born in investment and defense, never spent time in his cells, and has remained “sick” in a private hospital ever since.

This led to claims for benefits against Boulter, whose lawyer said at a High Court bail hearing in the capital Windhoek that he has invested £ 7.5 million in the country so far.

Boulter, 51, leaves the High Court of Windhoek, Namibia after being released on bail for alleged murder.

Boulter, 51, leaves the High Court of Windhoek, Namibia after being released on bail for alleged murder.

Despite the February 27 shooting, the Sussex-born tycoon, born in investment and defense, spent no time in his cells, but has since remained

Despite the February 27 shooting, the Sussex-born tycoon, born in investment and defense, spent no time in his cells, but has since remained “sick” in a private hospital (pictured)

Boulter's chief attorney, Sisa Namanje, said he invested £ 7.5m in the country over the 10 years he lived there and has been a permanent resident since 2017.

Boulter’s chief attorney, Sisa Namanje, said he invested £ 7.5m in the country over the 10 years he lived there and has been a permanent resident since 2017.

He was reported to rub shoulder to shoulder with senior members of the government, but despite the judge’s refusal of bail, he received it on appeal by Judge Claudia Claasen.

Prosecutor Taodago Gaveseb said the charges are so serious and that there is the likelihood of a lengthy prison sentence that it is not in the interests of justice to be released on bail.

Boulter’s chief attorney, Mr Sisa Namanje, objected that he had invested £ 7.5 million in the country over the 10 years he lived there and has been a permanent resident since 2017.

Barrister said he settled in Namibia, had 40 people, and ran an international business supplying encrypted communications technology around the world.

Boulter’s customers were governments and the military, including the United States, Britain, Australia and New Zealand, and that he told the court that he was not in danger of escaping.

He added that he would not interfere with witnesses or jeopardize the administration of justice.

Mr. Namanje told the court that the shooting occurred after an altercation during a mutton barbecue at his estate, and Boulter sensed that Van Wyck and his son were attacking when they shot.

He added that it was Boulter, who himself called the police and reported the incident, and worked with the police all the time and handed them his passport.

The £ 25,000 bond was provided on the condition that Boulter stays at a fixed address in Windhoek, reports to the police once a week, and cannot leave Windhoek County without police permission.

Boulter is charged with murder, possession of an unlicensed firearm, illegal possession of ammunition and attempting to obstruct justice – all linked to the shooting.

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

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

Namibian Police Chief Lieutenant General Sebastian Ndeytunga told a local newspaper that he was “concerned” about the continued special treatment of tycoon Boulter.

He spoke out when he said that Boulter had evaded jail awaiting trial after the shooting four and a half months ago, and the suspected “people” were helping him.

Lieutenant General Ndeytunga said he had “problems” with Boulter’s continued hospital stay as “sick,” adding: “He is always hospitalized and does not want to go to his cells.

“I even suspect that some people prefer him to be a regular patient in the hospital. All suspects must go to the cells,” he said, referring to his stay at the Paramount Healthcare Center.

The Windhoek Clinic serves primarily private patients and those receiving medical attention.

Boulter, a divorced father of three, who is said to own a superyacht and his own private jet, is due to appear again before judges in Outjo in September.

After his funeral, a friend of the dead Lane claimed that the “battered” Boulter had agreed to allow the son of his farm manager and new fiancée Liani to build a house on his estate.

But anger flared when he allegedly said that in return she should spend every other night having sex with him, and in the ensuing argument, Boulter fired a pistol, killing Van Wyck.

Billionaire Boulter’s bail address was not disclosed to the court.

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