Murder-accused hangs herself

2011-06-15 07:18

A Pretoria grandmother who allegedly shot dead her son and killed her two-year-old grandson in April, hanged herself after escaping arrest, Gauteng police said today.

Pretoria police spokesperson Captain Agnes Huma said they tried to track down Caryallan Irene Anagnostatos after she was admitted to hospital following the killings.

She reportedly shot dead her son, Steven Bill Anagnostatos (29) and killed her 16-month-old grandson, Santino Anagnostatos, in the Valley View security complex in Kosmosdal, Samrand, on April 19.

Huma said the cause of the toddler’s death was not known to date.

After allegedly killing them, Anagnostatos slit her wrists and tried to hang herself, but a security guard in the complex found her and she was rushed to hospital.

“She was taken to Unitas Hospital by the chopper as she cut her wrist before the police arrived,” said Huma.

“The police followed her to Unitas Hospital, but she was not found there. It was alleged that she was transferred to Kalafong Hospital.

“She also could not be found (at Kalafong) and they (police) followed her to Tshwane hospital on April 20 only to find out that she was discharged.

“When they followed up information... that is when they found out that she had hanged herself at Glenhazel in Sandringham at her friend’s house,” said Huma.

This happened on April 21, two days after the son and grandson were killed.

Huma said the woman’s hanging was made public only now because a newspaper had asked for an update on the case.

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