Don’t just carry on, says neighbour after eight arrests for murders

2013-11-13 00:00

A SHONGWENI Valley resident reacted to the news that eight people had been arrested for the double murder of his neighbours by calling on residents to not be complacent about crime.

Owner of Shongweni Pottery Gallery Andrew Walford said he was relieved that the suspected killers John and Hester Noble were behind bars.

Noble (72) was strangled with a wire while his wife, who was going to turn 70 next year, was strangled with a tube from her oxygen tank.

Police said they traced the suspects to the Shongweni area following an intensive investigation after the murders were reported to police.

The suspects are due to appear in the Pinetown Magistrate’s Court next Wednesday.

Walford congratulated police on the arrests but urged his neighbours not to “just have another cup of coffee and carry on. We should be outraged”.

He added: “This whole thing has been shocking from beginning to end.

“Crime in the country has tremendous ramifications and most of the businesses are vulnerable in the area.

“The valley has been awakened by this tragedy but what is sad is that somehow society has become numb to the crime.”

Police spokesperson Captain Thulani Zwane said police arrested eight suspects aged between 24 and 30.

They will be charged with two counts of murder, house robbery, and receiving property suspected to be stolen.

Zwane said four of the suspects are linked to the murder and robbery while the others are suspected to have received and bought stolen goods.

He said stolen goods to the value of more than R60 000 were recovered.

The Witness reported last week that the elderly married couple had been beaten and strangled during a home invasion.

Meanwhile, the couple’s family said they had decided to forgive their parents’ killers.

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