Toti gran’s killers nabbed

2008-06-20 00:00

The killers of 89-year-old Delia Graham — the Amanzimtoti pensioner who was robbed and strangled to death in her granny flat — have been arrested.

Graham, a popular Warner Beach resident, was tied up and robbed of her television and computer.

Although her home had a burglar alarm monitored by an armed response company, Graham — who was hard of hearing — was accosted in her garden where she could not reach a panic button. Her body was found by her son as he returned home from work.

Unknown to the public, detectives from the provincial house robbery task team arrested one of the suspects for Graham’s murder within less than eight hours of her killing.

The suspect was found in possession of Graham’s computer and television.

It was Graham’s plasma television that gave the criminal away — the machine had been fitted with a special, custom-made bracket by her son in order to mount it to the wall, and the suspect had not bothered to remove this bracket.

Police kept this arrest quiet in order not to alert the man’s accomplice, whom they suspected was in hiding in the kwaMashu area.

Ironically, the suspect wasn’t hiding — but locked up in a Tongaat police holding cell, and this week Captain Prakash Ramdo made one of his easier arrests, collaring the suspect and arresting him inside a police cell. The suspect is a student at the Mangosuthu Technikon.

Ramdo traced the second suspected killer after realising that the rust and accident damage on the hijacked silver Toyota Yaris the man had been arrested with matched the description of damage noticed on a car seen in the vicinity of Graham’s home the day she was murdered.

On further investigation, police managed to link the man in the Tongaat police cells to the murder of Graham. The suspect made a brief appearance in the Durban Magistrate’s Courts yesterday.

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