14/11/2007 10:48 - (SA)
Hilda Fourie, Beeld
Pretoria - A vet had to be called in on Tuesday afternoon to tranquilise a sausage dog who watched over the body of his murdered 89-year-old owner.
The dog wanted to bite police officers who tried to come near the body of the former policeman.
R H Sonnekus, who worked at the former SA Criminal Buro, was murdered on Tuesday morning at his house in Lyttelton Manor, Centurion, where he lived alone.
Police director André Wiese said he had presumably been strangled.
Sonnekus's sister had suspected something was wrong when she could not reach him. She called his neighbour who then found Sonnekus on the kitchen floor, with his sausage dog next to him.
Police said it was not known how many suspects had attacked Sonnekus and initial investigations showed that little had been taken.
Charges of murder and robbery are being investigated.