Did he stab himself?

2011-02-02 00:00

DID Constable Morné Croeser stab himself during the incident in which he is alleged to have murdered his wife?

That question has been widely speculated after he was arrested yesterday and charged with the murder of his wife Erika, who died after being stabbed multiple times in a vicious attack in which her throat was slit in August last year.

Croeser appeared in court in New Hanover yesterday.

Croeser (34) of the police dog unit stationed at Mountain Rise was remanded in custody for a bail application and legal representation until February 8.

He was not asked to plead.

Speculation has been rife that Croeser lifted his shirt and plunged the knife into his stomach after he allegedly attacked his wife.

Dressed in a blue golf shirt and jeans, Croeser was supported by members of the dog unit who arrived at court.

There were also members of Erika’s family present, and members of staff from Msinsi Game Reserve where she worked.

Croeser was arrested on Monday morning.

Erika died at her home at Msinsi Game Reserve at Albert Falls Dam in the early hours of August 28 as she and her husband returned home from an evening outing.

Morné Croeser himself was stabbed in the stomach during the incident.

It was alleged at the time that the couple had been attacked by men who had murdered her and then stabbed Croeser before fleeing.

Paramedics found the knife still lodged in Croeser’s stomach.

At the time The Witness reported that police believed the attack may have been due to a labour dispute

Nothing was taken during the attack.

Erika Croeser’s family declined to speak to the media.The twin brother of Erika Croeser, Francois Schafer, told The Witness that “at this stage we have no comment, but we will perhaps talk to the media after the bail application”.

Police officers were reported to have been astonished at the arrest.

“We were shocked. We just can’t believe this,” said a close source.

 

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