Elderly couple killed on Free State farm

2013-01-15 14:25

Bloemfontein - An elderly couple was found dead on the farm Somerset near Parys, police said on Tuesday.

Spokesperson Colonel Thandi Mbambo said the couple's bodies were found in a tuck shop they ran from a garage on the farm.

"The husband was found on the floor of the tuck shop, with his feet tied and head covered with a material sack."

The body of the woman, aged between 70 and 75, was found tucked into a freezer.

"No visible injuries were found on the bodies," said Mbambo.

The victims' bodies were taken to the state mortuary where post mortems would be conducted to determine the cause of deaths.

Farmhouse ransacked

Police said a domestic worker arrived at the house at 07:30 on Tuesday and found the farmhouse ransacked.

Mbambo said the woman searched for the couple but could not find them.

A neighbour also arrived and helped to search for the couple, until they were found in the tuck shop.

Police said no arrests had been made.

Mbambo said the motive for the killing could be robbery.

Free State police commissioner Major General Moeketsi Sempe has condemned the killing of elderly people who are unable to defend themselves.

Police urged the community to provide information that could assist in identifying the people responsible for the crime.

  • Brian Dorning - 2013-01-15 14:33

    Disgusting! robbery is one thing, but to take someone else's life!

  • Tyrone Grobbelaar - 2013-01-15 14:41

    OR... the motive of the murder could be hate fuelled by hate speech. Can people just use common sense and realise that holding a 70+ couple by knife point is enough force to steal all their possessions and ransack the place. So NO, no one believes the motive is robbery fuelled by poverty anymore.

  • Marcel Marais - 2013-01-15 15:22

    cowards killing old people!!!!!!

  • Zukie G Gilman - 2013-01-15 17:45

    the world is coming to an end or wot??i dont lyk ths

  • Carol Benater - 2013-01-15 17:53


  • Giel Bee - 2013-01-15 21:54

    No No No police they are in their 70's, surely the motive for murder cannot be robbery it can't be come on now be honest with yourselves if not with the public then. It can be a whole lot of things like maybe it was orcistrated by someone they knew and NO i am not suggesting it is their domestic worker, therefore the motive changes to them not wanted to be identified.

  • Hannah Puissa Mostert - 2013-01-16 08:11

    No outrage from government AGAIN silence is consent!!!

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