September 13 2007 at 07:04AM
By Jeff Wicks
In a cruel twist of fate, a Glenwood man who turned paramedics and police away after he was hijacked on Tuesday night was brutally bludgeoned to death in his Moore Road home later that evening.
The body of Arthur Rippin, 77, was found when police returned to his home to take a statement.
"His Opel Corsa had been abandoned at the roadside in Isipingo. When police came across the vehicle, they traced ownership to Mr Rippin," said police Inspector Michael Read.
According to Read, when police and paramedics arrived at his home, he had denied them entry to the premises.
He said that when the police had returned a few hours later to interview Rippin, they had seen blood on the floor through a window.
"Police officers used force to gain entry to the premises and found the body of Arthur Rippin in a spare bedroom," Read said.
Netcare 911 spokesperson Chris Botha said that paramedics had been startled by what they had seen.
"The place had been ransacked and the walls had blood spatters," he said.
Botha said that paramedics had declared Rippin dead at the scene. He had sustained severe blunt-force trauma to his head.
Read said that several items of value, which could not be disclosed, had been removed from the house.
"The motive for the crime will be revealed during the course of the investigation. A docket of murder has been opened," he said.
The police would not be drawn on whether the hijackers and the murderers were the same people.