Harsh sentence will help ease pain, family of murdered pensioner say

2015-06-23 21:03
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Cape Town - The family of a pensioner who was stabbed and beaten to death in her Cape Town home are calling for a harsh sentence for her murder.

Susan Loubser, 79, was found dead in the bedroom of her Ruyterwarcht house months before her 80th birthday.

A 45-year-old man who lived in the same road as Loubser appeared in the Goodwood Magistrate’s Court on Tuesday on a murder charge. 

Loubser’s daughter Merle Holdsworth, who attended the proceedings, said she had mixed emotions when she saw the suspect in the dock.

"I am glad that someone has been arrested for what happened to my mother. I pray the person who took her from her family in such a horrific manner gets everything that’s coming to them," she said.

"Her murderer didn’t just take a mother from the children she raised. They took all the happy memories we had and replaced it with the bloody image we saw when her body was found. That is unforgivable and something we will never forget."

Loubser’s body was found by two of her children after a neighbour reported hearing shouts coming from her Sakabula Street home on May 22.

A bloody trail of smeared blood that started at the front door led to her bedroom where Loubser’s body was found on her bed

She had been stabbed in the throat and chest. Her jaw had also been broken and her eye was swollen shut due to a suspected beating.

Her glasses were shattered and damaged on her face, her daughter recalled.

While initially they thought only a relatively new flat screen TV set and DVD player were missing from the house, Holdsworth said a bag of cash was also stolen.

She said her mother lent small amounts of money to neighbours who needed it. "I only later realised money was missing as she kept an impeccable record of who owed her in a little book," she explained.

"Her willingness to help people who needed it could have been the reason behind her brutal murder."

While the family is still grieving over the loss of "one of the kindest people you would ever meet", they need closure, Holdsworth insists.

"We want justice. The person responsible mustn’t get off with a soft sentence. 

"Nothing will ever bring my mother back, but a harsh punishment will help ease the pain."

The case was postponed until July 8. The suspect was remanded in custody.

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