Umtentweni: Robbers waited in woman victim’s home

2011-05-31 00:00

INVESTIGATIONS are under way into the murder of a third South Coast pensioner to have been killed by robbers in their homes.

Police confirmed they have opened a murder docket to investigate the death of Louise Pitzer (71) of Umtentweni, who was killed in her home on Sunday.

Pitzer was last seen on Saturday visiting friends in Margate. They tried to contact her on Saturday afternoon and became worried when there was no reply.

They noticed that she did not show up for church on Sunday morning and alerted the police, who accompanied the friends to Pitzer’s home where her body was found.

Police spokesperson Lieutenant-Colonel Zandra Wiid said the perpetrators had gained entry through a window from which they had removed the glass.

“The glass was left hidden in the garden. They left with the deceased’s vehicle, a white VW Polo Vivo,” said Wiid.

Police suspect that the murderers had been waiting inside the victim’s house for her return and then overpowered her.

Pitzer’s dog, a terrier, was locked inside the house with her.

“Detectives are still investigating to find out what else was taken from the house,” said Wiid.

Pitzer’s son arrived from Durban yesterday. Her daughter is working in the medical profession in Saudi Arabia.

The attacks on the elderly have raised concern among the community as well as the police.

Wiid said police are working around the clock to find out who was responsible for the violent crimes.

Early this month Pete Smith (84) was found dead in the bathroom in his home in Southport.

His face and neck had been hacked with a bush knife.

Sehodihul Sewpersadh (79) was robbed and murdered in Oslo Beach. Money and jewellery were taken from his home.

He sustained a serious wound to the head and was rushed to hospital where he died from his injury.

Gillian Wingrave (70) of Anerley and Ellen Nel (66) of Southport were attacked and robbed on the same day. They sustained minor injuries.

Maureen Collam (66) of Southport was threatened by a man with a screwdriver. He entered the house when Collam opened the sliding door to let her dog out.

“The fact that the perpetrators are targeting elderly people is of great concern to us,” said Wiid.

She said police have put certain measures in place in the area and are working extra hard to identify the perpetrators.

“It is a priority for us to ensure that these suspects are behind bars as soon as possible,” she added.

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