21/08/2006 23:19 - (SA)
Cindy Preller, Die Burger
Port Elizabeth - A bloody trail from an elderly woman's front door to her bedroom is mute testimony to a horrifying axe murder in the city.
It is believed that a gardener killed 68-year-old Katy de Wet of South End.
Police discovered her body on Sunday evening.
Police spokesperson Verna Brink said fingerprints had been found in De Wet's home, as well as on a bag found in her car.
Police found a DVD player, a small hi-fi system and two of De Wet's handbags, as well as the axe, covered in blood, in her car.
Police suspect the gardener couldn't get the car started and fled.
The keys were still in the car, which was parked in the garage.
Garden work had been done
Atlas security operational manager Monty Montgomery said a plate and coffee mug were found outside De Wet's front door.
He said: "It's obvious that someone worked in the garden, because there were weeds still lying on the lawn.
"The neighbours also said De Wet wouldn't have talked to just anyone."
The bloody trail from her front door and her broken spectacles that police found there indicated this was where she had been attacked.