Teens held for priest's murder

2009-12-09 09:42

Johannesburg - Five teenagers were arrested on Wednesday in connection with the murder of a Catholic priest in Diepsloot, north of Johannesburg, police said.

"The five boys, between the ages of 14 and 18, were arrested following information from the community," said Director Govindsamy Mariemuthoo.

They were arrested in the early hours of Wednesday morning.

Father Louis Blondel, 70, was shot dead on Monday morning during a robbery.

It was alleged that five people broke into the Presbytery.

Shot dead

Another priest, Father Guido Bourgeois who lived in the house with Blondel, was the first to wake up and was robbed of R50 and his cellphone.

The intruders then shot Blondel when he opened his bedroom door.

Bourgeois was able to run to the kitchen where he blocked the door with the fridge and screamed to wake the neighbours.

Some neighbours came out but were forced back inside as there was more shooting.

A woman in the area was also arrested for allegedly buying Bourgeois' stolen cellphone.

Blondel is the fourth Catholic priest to be murdered in South Africa this year.