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gran,90, killed for eggs - cops

By unknown | Oct 28, 2008 | COMMENTS [ 0 ]

Alex Matlala

Alex Matlala

The neighbour of a 90-year-old granny, who was burnt to death in her house, has been arrested after police linked him through a trail of stolen eggs.

The woman was allegedly burnt to death at about 11pm on Saturday at Mapela village near Mokopane.

Police identified the badly burnt body as that of Raesibe Jane Magata, who lived alone in the Scheming Section of Mapela outside Mahwelereng.

Police arrested the 30-yearold the following day.

"We followed a trail of broken eggs, which led us to the house in which the man was sleeping," Superintendent Mohale Ramatseba said.

"A few eggs were also found in the house.

"We believe that the man broke into the deceased's house, stole the eggs and set the house alight on his way out."

The deceased's brother, Gilbert Magata, said his sister's body was burnt beyond recognition and her head was soaked in blood.

"Her head and neck had serious open wounds, which indicated that she was severely attacked with a sharp object before the house was set alight," Magata said.

Asked why the deceased lived alone, Magata said she had no children of her own.

"Her only child died a few years ago and she has lived alone since then," he said.

Meanwhile, a 40-year-old woman and her two children are fighting for their lives after a knife-wielding man stabbed them several times.

Kelina Khumalo and her children were asleep in separate rooms when an unknown man forced open the door and attacked them.

Her 15-year-old son, who was also stabbed, was treated and discharged from the Philadelphia Hospital.

No arrests have been made and police investigations were continuing.

Police have asked anyone with information to contact Captain Kgasago of the Dennilton police station at 072-174-5719 or their nearest police station.


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