A well-known dog breeder in North West lay dead in his farm house for a week while his mother, who has Alzheimer’s, was locked in the bathroom.
Eric Labuschane (51) who bred Great Danes, was found on Thursday, while police only found his 78-year-old mother yesterday, Beeld reported today.
Labuschane had been stabbed and assaulted by an attacker using a rock.
The mother was found sitting in the bath, severely dehydrated and suffering from shock. She was taken to hospital.
Labuschane had been living in the four-bedroom house on Olifants Hoek farm, about 23km outside Rustenburg, since August last year.
He was renting the house from Peter Roberts, son of herbalist Margaret Roberts, according to the report.
Labuschane and his mother were last seen last Wednesday night.
Roberts said Labuschane was a recluse and he was not worried that he had not seen him or his mother.
He said he became suspicious when he saw how thin Labuschane’s dogs were looking.
“I went to the house. There was a bad smell and flies.”
Roberts called the police and they broke down the front door.
They found Labuschane’s body in the main bedroom.
“There was blood all over the walls and Eric was stabbed and beaten with a rock,” said Roberts.
North West police spokesperson Colonel Emelda Setlhako said Labuschane had also been strangled.
It did not look like there was forced entry into the house.
Labuschane had a worker who was also last seen last Wednesday.
A Volkswagen bakkie and two cellphones were missing.