Man arrested for home invasion murder of 84-year-old Dundee woman

Police cordon off a crime scene
Police cordon off a crime scene

A 35-year-old man was yesterday (Friday) arrested in connection with the murder of an 84-year-old woman, Sukdey Ramauthar, in Dundee in northern KwaZulu-Natal.

KwaZulu-Natal police spokesperson, Captain Nqobile Gwala said the man was found in possession of a knife believed to have been used in the attack, and blood was visible on his clothes.

Another 45-year-old man was taken in for questioning, she added.

The arrested man will appear in court at Dundee on Monday to face charges of murder and house robbery.

The elderly woman, her husband and helper were attacked in a home invasion robbery in Tomworthington Drive in Dundee by two men, Gwala said.

“They forced everyone to lie down and demanded cash. They took cash that was at the premises and stabbed an 84-year-old woman. She sustained multiple stab wounds and was declared dead at the scene. The deceased was identified as Sukdey Ramauthar. Dundee police were summoned to the scene and they swiftly responded.”

She said the 35-year-old murder suspect was nabbed in the vicinity of the crime scene at the Peacevale area.

“The killing of defenceless women and elderly people will not be tolerated in our province. We will make sure that all those involved in gender based violence are brought to book. I am glad the suspect was nabbed immediately so that he will face the music for his evil deeds,” said the KwaZulu-Natal Provincial Commissioner, Lieutenant General Khombinkosi Jula - WWR.

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