2 held for brutal murder of elderly couple

2012-08-24 10:12
Leon and Marie Sim (Beeld)

Leon and Marie Sim (Beeld)

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Johannesburg - Gauteng police have arrested two suspects in connection with the murder of an elderly couple from Kempton Park, east of Johannesburg, this week, according to a report on Friday.

Marie Sim, 68, and her husband Leon Sim, 71, who ran Anneliens Guest House in Creswell Park, were both found with their throats slit, Beeld reported.

According to the couple's eldest son John Sim, his parents had had a long-standing dispute about money and the loan of a generator with a tenant who lived on the property.

"Wednesday was D-Day. My dad would have demanded both the money and the generator, otherwise he planned to lay a charge of theft with the police," he told Beeld.

The bodies were discovered on Thursday by the couple's domestic worker, Thembi Radebe.

Leon Sim's body was found in the garden, while Marie Sims was found in her home. The suspects had tried to burn her corpse by pouring swimming pool chemicals over it and setting it alight.

Reacting to a tip-off from the public, police managed to arrest a male and a female suspect within a few hours.

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