Arrest in ‘very gory’ killing

2011-02-01 00:00

A MAN has been arrested in connection with the horrific murder of Erica Croeser (32) at Albert Falls Dam in August last year.

Police yesterday confirmed that the man, who The Witness can reveal was very close to Croeser, was taken into custody yesterday morning. He cannot be named yet as he has not yet appeared in court.

He will appear in court today charged with her murder.

Croeser died at her home at Msinsi Game Reserve in the early hours of August 28. She was returning home with her husband Morné, who is a police officer attached to the Pietermaritzburg dog unit, when she was attacked. According to police reports at the time, her throat was slit. Morné sustained a stab wound to his stomach allegedly inflicted by the knife used to murder her.

The Witness reported at the time that paramedics found the knife still lodged in Morné’s stomach after the attack at about 2 am. They removed it and put up a drip and treated him before he was taken to hospital. The scene was described as “very, very gory”.

At the time police believed the murder was related to a labour dispute, but this is no longer thought to be the case.

Croeser’s two young daughters were staying with their grandmother at the time she was attacked.

A neighbour, Hlekisile Nkala, told The Witnessthat she heard a gunshot after 2 am that night, and about 10 minutes later she heard a male voice screaming for help. She quickly woke her husband and called the police.

Morné Croeser was left in a serious but stable condition after the incident.

Nothing was taken during the attack.

Police spokesperson Warrant Officer Joey Jeevan confirmed the arrest yesterday morning. Sources said there was speculation that the arrest was made after a long wait for positive forensic evidence against the accused, perhaps from blood samples.

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