Tuesday, 18 March 2008

Elderly couple beaten to death

Murray Williams

March 17 2008 at 04:32PM

An elderly couple have been found murdered in their home in Somerset West after an apparently botched robbery.

Anita and Stephanus Joubert, 75 and 77 respectively, were found by police on Sunday morning. The police had apparently been alerted after a friend had tried to call the couple on Saturday night, but could not reach them.

The elderly woman was found dead, but her husband was reportedly still alive when police arrived. He died later at Vergelegen Medi-Clinic.

A nephew of the couple, city advocate Anton Kruger, told the Cape Argus: "The family believes it was an attempted burglary obviously gone wrong."

The family had not been allowed into the house, but reports suggested that the pair had been bludgeoned to death with a blunt object.

No one has been arrested.

Kruger said the pair, who had not had children, had retired to 25 Rupert Road in Bakkershoogte many years ago from KwaZulu-Natal.

His aunt had a sister who lived in Bellville who had visited her every weekend.

That aside, the couple were not involved in any community activities and did not employ a domestic worker.

"They were extremely private and fiercely independent, to the extent that they did not want to know about security systems," Kruger said.

The double murders come a week after the repeated rape of a Dutch tourist, 60, at the Lord Charles Hotel, a few kilometres away.

No arrest has been made in either case.

This article was originally published on page 3 of Cape Argus on March 17, 2008


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