Men who tortured widow arrested

2013-11-14 08:01

Multimedia   ·   User Galleries   ·   News in Pictures Send us your pictures  ·  Send us your stories

Pietermaritzburg - Two men suspected to have been involved in the torture of a 62-year-old widow in Thornville two months ago have been arrested.

The men were nabbed in the early hours of Thursday morning by police members from Thornville, the Pietermaritzburg K9 unit and Magma Security after they received a tip-off on the whereabouts of the two men.

The men, aged 19 and 29, were arrested at around 01:00 at Sydenham in Durban.

On 30 August, three men broke into Lena Maria Jackson’s farmhouse at Grange farm in Thornville at midnight. They tortured her, burnt her with a hot iron, cut her with knives and robbed her.

Husband's ashes scattered

However, the most painful part of her ordeal, she said at the time, was when her three attackers broke a treasured box containing the ashes of her late husband, Ronald, and carelessly scattered them around the house.

Jackson told The Witness at the time that she was woken by a noise and went to investigate, only to be confronted by the men who came at her with home-made knives, threatening her and demanding cash.

They tied her hands up with an elastic band.

Because they allegedly felt she did not have enough money, they struck her with the knives and burned her with a hot iron.

Plessislaer SAPS corporate communication officer Captain Musa Ntombela said both suspects will appear in the Pietermaritzburg Magistrate’s Court on Friday.

Read more on:    durban  |  farm attacks

Join the conversation! encourages commentary submitted via MyNews24. Contributions of 200 words or more will be considered for publication.

We reserve editorial discretion to decide what will be published.
Read our comments policy for guidelines on contributions.
NEXT ON NEWS24X publishes all comments posted on articles provided that they adhere to our Comments Policy. Should you wish to report a comment for editorial review, please do so by clicking the 'Report Comment' button to the right of each comment.

Comment on this story
Comments have been closed for this article.

Inside News24

Traffic Alerts
There are new stories on the homepage. Click here to see them.


Create Profile

Creating your profile will enable you to submit photos and stories to get published on News24.

Please provide a username for your profile page:

This username must be unique, cannot be edited and will be used in the URL to your profile page across the entire network.


Location Settings

News24 allows you to edit the display of certain components based on a location. If you wish to personalise the page based on your preferences, please select a location for each component and click "Submit" in order for the changes to take affect.

Facebook Sign-In

Hi News addict,

Join the News24 Community to be involved in breaking the news.

Log in with Facebook to comment and personalise news, weather and listings.