Mom locked up for week after son killed

2013-03-23 12:08
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Farmer killed in North West

2013-03-18 09:29

A 67-year-old farmer was attacked and killed on his farm outside Ventersdorp in North West.WATCH

Rustenburg - A well known North West dog breeder lay dead in his farmhouse for a week while his mother, who has Alzheimer's, was locked in the bathroom, Beeld reported on Saturday.

Eric Labuschane, 51, who bred Great Danes, was found on Thursday, while police only found his 78-year-old mother on Friday, according to the report.

Labuschane had been stabbed and assaulted with a rock.

Shock

The mother was found sitting in the bath, severely dehydrated and suffering from shock. She was taken to hospital.

Labuschane had been living in the four-bedroom house on Olifants Hoek farm, about 23km outside Rustenburg, since August last year.

He was renting the house from Peter Roberts, son of herbalist Margaret Roberts, according to the report.

Labuschane and his mother were last seen last Wednesday night.

Roberts said Labuschane was a recluse and he was not worried that he had not seen him or his mother.

He said he became suspicious when he saw how thin Labuschane's dogs were looking.

"I went to the house, there was a bad smell and flies."

Roberts called the police and they broke down the front door.

Blood everywhere

They found Labuschane's body in the main bedroom.

"There was blood all over the walls and Eric was stabbed and beaten with a rock," said Roberts.

North West police spokesperson Colonel Emelda Setlhako said Labuschane had also been strangled.

It did not look like there was forced entry into the house.

Labuschane had a worker who was also last seen last Wednesday.

A Volkswagen bakkie and two cellphones were missing.

- SAPA
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