Pensioner’s murder: dog corners suspect

2011-06-03 00:00

THE Port Shepstone police will use all the resources at their disposal to solve crimes involving the murder and robbery of senior citizens in the area, police spokesperson Lieutenant-Colonel Zandra Wiid said yesterday.

This follows the arrest of a man in his 30s on Wednesday morning in connection with the murder of Louise Pitzer (71) of Umtentweni at the weekend.

Wiid said Captain Nico van Wyk and Warrant Officer Brian Henning of the local criminal record centre spent hours at the crime scene on Sunday and Monday searching for leads.

She said the evidence they gathered linked the suspect to the crime with evidence gathered at the previous crime scenes.

“This is a possible breakthrough to solving these cases and it came after an intensive forensic investigation by the pair,” she said.

Acting on the evidence, a local team comprising Captain Qosinda Mjali and Warrant Officer Mduduzi Zimema, with Sergeant Zane Moodley and Constable Wonder Chaluza of the K9 unit, descended on the Poenskop area of Port St Johns, Eastern Cape, after it was reported that the suspect had been spotted there.

“The suspect was found in possession of Pitzer’s stolen VW Polo Vivo.

“He tried to escape through the back window of the house where he was found, but Rudi, the police dog, apprehended him,” said Wiid.

She said the man has a house in Louisiana informal settlement in Port Shepstone.

It is not clear if he is originally from the Eastern Cape.

Police also found some jewellery and a knife in the stolen vehicle.

The man will be charged with murder and house robbery and is expected to appear in court today.

“Van Wyk and Henning did splendid work by identifying the suspect through the forensic investigation.

“Their professional handling of the crime scene enabled the other four members to make this positive arrest in a very short time after the crime,” said Wiid.

“Further investigation will reveal whether the same suspect was involved in the other killings and robberies in the area.”

Pitzer was found dead by friends and police in her bedroom on Sunday. She had stab wounds to the neck and her vehicle was stolen.

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