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Man held over pensioner's knobkerrie killing

By unknown | Jun 12, 2008 | COMMENTS [ 0 ]

McKeed Kotlolo

McKeed Kotlolo

A 44-year-old Mpumalanga man has been arrested for the alleged killing of a pensioner with a knobkerrie.

Police said the assault allegedly occurred two weeks ago at the suspect's home in Piet Retief, but the victim died on Monday.

Meshack Khumalo, 65, of Roodewal Farm, was allegedly bludgeoned on the head with a knobkerrie on the night of May 31, but he did not report the matter to either his family or the police.

Police spokesman Superintendent Abie Khoabane said Khumalo allegedly went to the man's home that night and the two became involved in an argument.

Khumalo was hit once in the head with the knobkerrie.

"He allegedly did not seek any medical treatment or report the matter to the police," said Khoabane.

Khumalo was staying with his two sisters at the time. On Sunday, June 6, Khumalo allegedly complained to one of the sisters about a pain. The sister discovered that he was injured. Khumalo then left the home.

Khoabane said the sisters saw him again on Monday when he was carried home by two friends who left him on his bed.

"He was unconscious and never recovered consciousness," Khoabane said.

According to the investigating officer in the case, Khumalo sustained a cut to the head.

Khoabane said police visited the home of his attacker and allegedly found a bloodstained knobkerrie. Its head was allegedly fitted with a bolt.

The man appeared in the Piet Retief magistrate's court and his case was postponed to Tuesday. He was remanded in custody.


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