Man kills gran, 83, in wheelchair
Indhrannie Pillay, The Witness
Durban - A KwaZulu-Natal South Coast man was arrested at the weekend for the murder of his 83-year-old grandmother, whose throat was slit as she sat in her wheelchair.
The horror attack occurred at Xolo Xolo, outside Hibberdene, on Thursday night after a family argument.
The accused, 26, allegedly made a pass at his sister-in-law.
“It is alleged that the suspect tried to kiss his sister-in-law while her husband was at work,” said police spokesperson Zandra Wiid.
His father intervened and stopped him.
“He then wanted to assault his father with a stone, but the father defended himself by throwing hot porridge towards the suspect and he ran off.
“The father and sister-in-law went to the police station to report the incident and upon their arrival back home they saw the suspect running away from the house.
“During their absence the suspect allegedly returned to the house. To his shock, the suspect’s father discovered that his mother had been murdered in her wheelchair. Her throat was slit,” Wiid added.
Police recovered the knife used in the murder at the scene. A murder docket was opened.
The suspect was on the run from Thursday, but his freedom came to an end after a shebeen brawl on Saturday night.
Wiid said the suspect picked a fight with someone at the back of the shebeen where he had been drinking.
He allegedly tried to attack the man with a panga.
“The civilian shot him [the suspect] twice in the leg with a legal firearm in self-defence,” said Wiid.
She added the suspect had tried to resist arrest.
“According to our investigations it appears that the suspect does have a history of violence and he is a troublemaker.”
She would not identify the grandmother, saying her identity had not yet been released.
Wiid added that a member of the suspect’s family had been granted a restraining order against him by a court.
“He is currently admitted in hospital under police guard and will make his first appearance in court sometime this week,” Wiid added.