14/11/2007 07:18 - (SA)
Linda de Beer, Beeld
Rustenburg - A German man who was stabbed to death at his home at the weekend, had been attacked there by knife-wielding assailants the previous Monday.
Captain Elsabé Augoustides said Helmut Goebels, 58, was found dead with three knife wounds in his chest by his gardener on Sunday.
When Beeld newspaper visited the home on Tuesday, traces of blood on the gate and in his driveway bore mute testimony to the struggle between him and his attackers.
There was a lock on the gate that apparently prevented Goebels from escaping.
Augoustides said Goëbels, who lived alone in his home on the corner of Alamein and Zand streets, had been stabbed in the head with a knife in a similar attack the previous Monday.
In that attack, however, he had managed to call for help and was not seriously injured.
The police had no record of the incident, which may not have been reported.
Lived like a hermit
Police were told of the attack by a security company who responded to Goebels's call at the time.
Goebels contacted the security company again on Saturday, after seeing two suspects on his property.
The suspects had fled by the time the security company got there.
It was not clear when the murder took place after the call-out.
The motive for the murder was also not clear.
Goebels lived like a hermit, with just a few friends in the area. He came to South Africa in the 1950s with his parents, who have both died.
He was apparently had no other family in South Africa.