Sunday, 4 March 2007

Man arrested for stabbing 100-year-old

March 03 2007 at 01:32PM

A man was arrested on Saturday morning wearing the shoes of a 100-year-old man who had been stabbed to death near Richmond in KwaZulu-Natal.

Police spokesperson Superintendent Joshua Gwala said the 25-year-old man was picked up in the village.

The old man, Herbert James Downs, had been found dead on Friday by his domestic and was believed to have been murdered during a break-in to his home on Thursday evening.

Only his television set and a few items of clothing, including his shoes, were taken.

Gwala said that the 25-year-old man appeared to be linked to Downs' murder.

He also said the man in custody had been seriously injured, allegedly during another burglary in the Richmond area, by his intended victim.

Downs' television set and some of his clothes were found in the Bhongoloza informal settlement, outside Richmond, where the suspect lived.

The man is expected to appear in the Richmond magistrate's court on Monday.

Downs, who was a pioneer of Richmond, and known fondly as Bob in the local community - was stabbed three times when four intruders broke into his home at about 9pm on Thursday, the Saturday Star reported.

Downs turned 100 in 2006.

Described as fit and energetic, he had chosen to live alone following the death of his wife four years ago. - Sapa


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