Plucky dog tried to save strangled owner

2012-04-11 13:16

Durban - A small dog is believed to have tried to save elderly Ria Coetzee from her murderers in her St Michael’s home late last week.

Eddy, the Jack Russell belonging to Ria, 76, and her husband, Fanie, 77, appeared to have suffered injuries during the ordeal last Thursday, their eldest son, Pieter, told The Witness.

“We noticed that he [Eddy] was hurt on his head and had a few scratches as well,” said Pieter.

The family brought Eddy back home on Tuesday from friends with whom he had been staying since the murder.

“When we brought him home, he ran straight to the bathroom where it happened,” said Pieter.

“He must have tried to protect her when they attacked him.”

Pieter said the family was still confused by circumstances surrounding the murder of his mother.

“The dog is not allowed inside the house, but when my dad arrived home all the doors were locked and the dog was inside barking at the front door.”

Court appearance

A 23-year-old man is expected to appear in the Ramsgate Magistrate’s Court on Wednesday.

Lungisa Victor Langazane made his first appearance on Tuesday, but was remanded to today after he requested legal representation.

He was arrested in Gcilima over the weekend after an intensive police investigation. “We are very happy to have made the swift arrest of this suspect,” said Captain Gerald Mfeka.

“A second suspect is still at large and police are expecting to make an arrest soon.”

Ria’s husband found her in a bathroom in their home after he returned from work. Her head and neck were tightly wrapped in her dressing gown.

Her hands were tied in front of her with electric cables and her legs were bound with a strap from a bag. Her dentures were also found on the floor next to her.

Pieter said: “The gown was wrapped so tightly that my dad had to cut it with a knife to get it off her. He also freed her hands and legs, but it was too late by then.”

  • Snoopy - 2012-04-11 13:31

    OMG - Good Going little dog.. My the pests who killed the lady rot in hell forever.

  • Paul - 2012-04-11 13:33

    Dog is mans best friend and thats why I love my two Jack Russels so much!!!

  • Hettie - 2012-04-11 13:36


      timmy.ditsele - 2012-04-11 15:07

      it is not what you're country can do for but what can you for you're country.famous words indeed.The shower head is not going to do anything until we stand up as a nation and say enough is enough.How about we organise a million men march to the union building,all the men who are 'gatvol'of whats going on in the country can join.strickly no politicians.PERIOD.

  • Rob - 2012-04-11 14:09

    WHy are there so many phsychopaths in South Africa? That really is a serious question. I am numbed by the violence of what seem to be ordinary people. WHat are they so angry about? It cannot surely be blamed on a few decades of apartheid...something else is contributing to this. Perceived encouragement by leaders, belief that the law/justice does not apply to them???? What?

      Alfred - 2012-04-11 14:24

      It's virtually an entire nation of knuckle dragging, drool soaked simpletons who are just too goddamned stupid to fight any instinctive urge to rape, murder and steal that floats into their empty heads. An ability to foresee consequences is directly proportional to ones IQ and we live in a country where the majorities IQ would be classified as 'mild mental retardation' by psychologists. In short these people are just too stupid to realise what this woman's dog could.

      Passionate.Parrot - 2013-01-22 11:26

      I would think one of the contributing factors is that so many of the criminals are not being caught, and if they are a stint in jail is not that upsetting to them. We need to have the Death Penalty back again. When people are not held accountable then they will do just whatever they please. There is no law and order in this country. Why should they obey it if the leader of this nation does not, and the ANC get away with stealing, lying etc. etc.

  • Marion - 2012-04-11 14:25

    May she RIP. Sincere condolences to her family and friends.

  • Randomhero6661 - 2012-04-11 14:53

    cowards these murderers, attack the old, if caught they must be buried alive...

  • Whispers4life - 2012-04-11 15:34

    We have 7 Jack Russels on the farm now thats our little army!

  • Michele - 2012-04-11 15:43

    Those with thumbs down for all the comments down are probably only a fe naughty kids playing around ... can't be normal adults! Jacks are often in the news for bravery.

  • nishan.sitlu - 2012-04-11 16:03

    A 76 year old woman! Why kill her? She was already tied. What resistance could she pose?

  • boltonbarry - 2012-04-11 16:07

    I wonder when white criminals will target rich affluent areas like Diepkloof EXT etc and hand out some eye for an eye Justice.

  • Ricky - 2012-04-11 17:07

    Then some people ask why we treat our dogs better then so called human beings.Here's the answer in black and white.

  • Avenging - 2012-04-11 20:08

    Farmer petrol bombed in bakkie 10 April 2012

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