Grisly find in car boot

2010-07-17 00:00

THE half-naked bodies of a married couple, who were gruesomely murdered in what is believed to have been a botched robbery, were discovered in the boot of their vehicle on the south coast on Thursday evening.

A member of the public found the vehicle abandoned after it had been involved in an accident in the Hibberdene area near Port Shepstone at about 7.30 pm.

When police arrived, they discovered that the vehicle was loaded with household items — and when they opened the boot, they found the couple’s bodies. It is believed that they were killed a few hours before the gory discovery.

Police spokesperson Lieutenant Colonel Zandra de Beer Wiid said the man is thought to be 69, while the woman is estimated to be in her fifties. A postmortem conducted yesterday revealed that the woman was killed by a gunshot wound to the chest while her husband was hit on the head with a blunt object.

Wiid said the bodies were discovered about six kilometres from the couple’s home in the Woodgrange area. She said they lived alone on the property, which is in an area dominated by holiday cottages.

“So far we cannot reveal anything about the identity of the deceased until we notify their next of kin. Neighbours said their relatives are overseas, and we are still trying to get hold of them.”

Wiid declined to say what items were found in the couple’s Volvo, except to note that they were household items stolen from the couple’s house. These items represent key evidence in the case.

She said that although the bodies were half-naked the postmortem revealed that there was no act of rape.

The woman was clad only in a top, while the man was wearing underpants and a T-shirt.

Wiid said that after attacking the couple, the assailants loaded them in the car and drove towards Stick Farm where they lost control of the vehicle and fled on foot.

She said police found several items, which were apparently used to commit the crimes, in the couple’s garden.

It appears that the attackers had forgotten the things, but she said she was not in a position to reveal what they were.

 

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