Elderly hiker’s murder: no arrests yet

2014-06-26 15:17

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Cape Town - No arrests have been made yet for the murder of an elderly hiker from Fish Hoek on Wednesday morning, Western Cape police said more than 24 hours after the crime.

Western Cape police spokesperson André Traut told News24 that there are no new developments and investigations are still underway.

According to the Cape Argus, 72-year-old Henri La Cour was stabbed on a hiking trail in Kalk Bay, while his hiking partner, a woman in her forties also from Fish Hoek escaped unharmed.

The pair were reportedly attacked by a robber who stabbed La Cour to death and took off with their belongings, including the woman’s wedding ring.

The woman managed to escape and alert local residents for help. Police and paramedics arrived on the scene shortly afterwards and a helicopter circulated the area searching for the attacker, reported the Cape Argus.

A Kalk Bay resident, who wished not to be named, told the Cape Times that the robber had an accomplice and added that crime is rampant in the area.

In the preceding week, 10 people, including two policemen and two security guards, were killed.

Tributes from friends and family to La Cour poured in on the Facebook page Fish Hoek Beach.

Amanda Joy Lee said: “Gone but not forgotten. Gone home to God. Our deepest sympathy to his family.”

Marilyn Coldrey wrote: “One of Fish Hoek’s familiar and respected gentlemen.”

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