A 38-year-old woman was beaten to death after being dragged out of a Ladysmith house where she had sought refuge from her angry boyfriend, police said yesterday.
Police spokesman Captain Charmaine Struwig said the woman had gone to Peacetown on the outskirts of Ladysmith on Sunday to collect her belongings from her boyfriend's house.
When she approached her boyfriend, he allegedly assaulted her. She fled to a nearby house where she sought refuge but her 31-year-old boyfriend who was armed with a knife followed her into the house and dragged her out.
He ripped her clothes to shreds with the knife and he dragged her for about 30 metres in a gravel road leading to his house.
Struwig said it appeared that the boyfriend continued to beat her when they arrived at his house.
The occupants of the house where the woman sought refuge told police that they had attempted to intervene, but he threatened them.
On Monday a friend of the woman found her clothes in the veld. The friend then went to the boyfriend's house but found it locked.
She saw her friend's body when she looked through the window. She immediately alerted the police.
"Police described the scene as one of the worst they had seen. It appeared all her body had not escaped her boyfriend's wrath," said Struwig.
She said she had sustained severe bruising, scratches and open wounds.
"It is alleged that the suspect may have used a bush knife and pick handle to assault the woman," she said.
Police suspect she may have also been raped.
A case of murder and rape had been opened and police are looking for her boyfriend. - Sapa