2 held for brutal murder of elderly couple

2012-08-24 10:12

Johannesburg - Gauteng police have arrested two suspects in connection with the murder of an elderly couple from Kempton Park, east of Johannesburg, this week, according to a report on Friday.

Marie Sim, 68, and her husband Leon Sim, 71, who ran Anneliens Guest House in Creswell Park, were both found with their throats slit, Beeld reported.

According to the couple's eldest son John Sim, his parents had had a long-standing dispute about money and the loan of a generator with a tenant who lived on the property.

"Wednesday was D-Day. My dad would have demanded both the money and the generator, otherwise he planned to lay a charge of theft with the police," he told Beeld.

The bodies were discovered on Thursday by the couple's domestic worker, Thembi Radebe.

Leon Sim's body was found in the garden, while Marie Sims was found in her home. The suspects had tried to burn her corpse by pouring swimming pool chemicals over it and setting it alight.

Reacting to a tip-off from the public, police managed to arrest a male and a female suspect within a few hours.

  • nicolas.gombert.16 - 2012-08-24 10:22

    Well done! Now let them fry in prison.

      steve.ritchie.739 - 2012-08-24 10:35

      At the rate things are going, the authorities will have to re-open Robben Island for it's former purpose! But, with all the terminally ill pardons going on, they will have to build a world-class golf course there!

  • John Peter Steyn - 2012-08-24 10:28

    Please move to Orania. Go and visit the koeksister monument and chat with tant Betsy you racist.

  • eric.f.moloi - 2012-08-24 10:34

    Michael u r nw playing a race card without considering de motive behind de murder,n de suspects r nt mentioned by race,stop making wrongFOOL decisions cos @ de end u ll be dissaponted,crime knows no colour 4 your information

      BigChiefPlumbPudding - 2012-08-24 16:52

      So considering the motive makes it OK?

  • hlgiorgino - 2012-08-24 10:36

    I demand a week of mourning, this makes me so angry.

  • vmeiring1 - 2012-08-24 10:40

    Hang them!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  • Zahir - 2012-08-24 11:03

    This scum will be released on a zuma special parole as criminals have all their rights

  • Bradley Froud - 2012-08-24 11:17

    Robben Island wont be big enough for all the foul, vermin scum we have in this country. Half of the government alone will fill it!

  • eric.f.moloi - 2012-08-24 11:23

    Orania nogal!there is no future de,even ambitious business minded white ppl in these country dont think of investing de,its a forgotten 'country',de r things tht u cnt do on your own tht need Blacks,n de same with Blacks thy also need Whites on somethings,stop behaving like a saint Michal vanrheenen

      burningdogz - 2012-08-24 15:22

      Out of curiosity, have you ever been to Orania? I popped in this year during their first rock festival, with performances by amongst other's Bouwer Bosch who had to apologise as his views of Orania being a backwater racist little dorp was proven wrong, Bittereinder, Beeskraal etc. I saw a very tidy dorp, with its very own OK supermarket and the friendliest people I ever met (everyone waves as you go buy). I walked in the streets in the middle of the night without feeling the itch of a panga aimed at my back. The export farms aiming to be one of the big economical boosters for Orania is nearing the stage where it will be supplying a major income, which in turn will lead to mass job creation and growth. In other words, they are succeeding where the government is failing. They also provided some serious holiday fun according to the brochure. Have their very own radio station, and the lodge camping site on the river is still expanding (and quite beautiful as it is). So long story short, from what I saw, Orania was steadily growing and progressing. Most importantly, I did not see one person act racist or hateful in any way. Why would they, they took responsibility for themselves and it seems to be working. So, just a thought, but perhaps have a look for yourself for commenting about something you never actually saw.

  • tempisfugit - 2012-08-24 11:50

    Well done to the police for such a quick arrest, now let's hope the prosecutors do their job and keep them in jail!

  • hendrik.schutte.3152 - 2012-08-24 15:19

    Just recently it seems Guesthouses/farms have become soft targets. In this week there was also an attack, attempted murder at a similar business in or near Caledon. Young son came to the rescue of his parents otherwise it would have been another two killed.

  • Leo Harford - 2014-05-15 17:56

    I am truly shocked . We stayed at their guesthouse on previous occasions. They were such decent people and would fetch us at the airport and take us back to the airport very early for our onward flight. Such awful savage humans to do a thing like that to two old hard working people.Only found out now because we wanted to make a booking.

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