November 28 2008 at 10:10AM
By Cape Times justice writer
The wife and son of Peter Howell, a retired pensions broker who died soon after being attacked in his Gordon's Bay golf estate home in 2005, were relieved when the Cape High Court convicted one of his attackers on Thursday.
Judge André le Grange convicted Rhanyo Mthelo of murder for Howell's death, attempting to murder Howell's wife, Pamela, housebreaking with intent to rob, and robbery with aggravating circumstances.
The couple, who were both 74, were "defenceless soft targets", Le Grange said.
The couple's son, Jeremy, said it was a pity the process had taken so long, but he and his mother were relieved justice had finally been done.
The Howells had been married for 51 years. They moved from Johannesburg a few months before the attack.
Howell jun said he was extremely grateful to the investigating officer.
"Inspector (Cobus) Greeff went over and above his duties and was tremendously helpful to my mother. He fetched her for court and when he was in the area he would pop in to check on her."
Mthelo is to be sentenced on Wednesday. He is serving a sentence for another housebreaking.
o This article was originally published on page 6 of Cape Times on November 28, 2008