Murder victim found naked and bound

2011-09-20 08:53

A man was killed and found naked and bound in his home in Orange Grove, northeastern Joburg, police said today.

Barney van Heerden was found in his bedroom by security guards who saw that his gate had been left open yesterday morning, said Norwood Police spokesperson Thabo Malatjie.

Police were called to the scene at about 8am.

“Police do not know yet what the cause of death was but it is believed he was strangled,” Malatjie said.

There were no signs of forced entry and it could have been someone who knew him, he said. “We do not believe it was a robbery as nothing was stolen.”

Police found two glasses of wine on the kitchen table and it was believed that Van Heerden could have been on a date.

“Police are investigating the matter but so far we have no suspects.” 

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