Three arrests in Wartburger Hof murders

2007-11-16 00:00

A week after the senseless double murders of Siggi and Ingrid Schädle, owners of the Wartburger Hof Hotel, police have arrested three suspects, one of whom has been positively linked to the hotel, where he was reportedly previously employed as a casual worker.

The suspect was allegedly paid off by the Schädles after he stole meat. It appears that the brutal double murder was masterminded by the ex-employee.

The Schädles were gunned down at their hotel in Wartburg late on Wednesday night last week. They both died at the scene.

The news of the Schädle arrests comes hot on the heels of the swift arrests and subsequent conviction of the killers of Elaine Anderson and Patsy Kippen, who were gunned down on October 14 in Woodlands. On Wednesday, their killers were sentenced to two life terms each.

Members of the provincial crime intelligence project team accompanied by a member of the Greytown organised crime unit, swooped on the suspects in Umlazi, Durban.

Superintendent Henry Budhram said that police arrested a 33-year-old man in Umlazi on Wednesday, and returned yesterday to arrest two men aged 37 and 40. Two licensed 9 mm pistols and an unlicensed .38 Special revolver were recovered.

Budhram said more suspects have been linked to the case and other arrests are expected. He said it appears the murders were planned. Robbery has not been ruled out as the motive.

The couple's son Chris called for the return of the death penalty. “I will fight for that,” he told The Witness. “As soon as we are over the trauma, I will get started on it.”

Schädle insisted that the attack was an attempted robbery and not retribution after the suspect was fired. “They came here for money, but were confronted by my dad,” he said.

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