Man arrested for axe-murder of 85-year-old

2018-01-21 11:10
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Johannesburg - A man has been arrested in connection with the murder of an 85-year-old woman in Dutywa, Eastern Cape, police said on Sunday.

The man, aged 34, was arrested in Candu Village – the same area where the murder victim lived, Captain Jackson Manatha said in a statement.

He is now due to make his first court appearance on Monday at the Dutywa magistrate’s court on a murder charge.

It is alleged that a man wearing a balaclava attacked the elderly Silvia Thandiwe Dyasi at her home, hacking her to death, on Thursday night. A relative of the victim witnessed her murder.

Police "worked around the clock" and the man was subsequently arrested on Friday.

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