Elderly couple murdered for their flat - report

2015-02-27 12:55
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Pietermaritzburg - An elderly couple found murdered in their Oribi home early on Thursday morning may have been attacked in an attempt to steal their house.

The couple, Susan, 72, and Melvin Lawson, 71, were both stabbed in the neck, had petrol poured on them and were then set alight before the intruders made off with their television set.

Netcare911 paramedics declared the two dead at the scene at Oribi Village.

Sources said Susan had been stabbed once while Melvin had been stabbed five times.

Neighbours of the quiet couple were alerted to the gruesome scene by barking dogs and smoke streaming from their flat’s window.

The Lawsons were found by a friend and neighbour of 17 years, who asked not to be named, lying bloodied and in flames in different rooms of their neatly kept home.

He said the couple’s home had been broken into last month, when money and pension cards were stolen.

He added that the first break-in was intended to scare them to move out of their house so the burglars could move in.

No arrests have been made.

A local councillor said there are serious housing problems in the area, with people targeting the homes they want to occupy, so the motive could have been the couple's flat. A police source also said there was suspicion that the motive was the flat.

The councillor has met with the department and municipality and suggested that the title deeds of the properties be transferred to the residents to solve this problem.

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