Thursday, 28 February 2008

Robber kills elderly woman

27/02/2008 14:24 - (SA)

Johannesburg - A 65-year-old woman was shot and killed in her house in Greylingstad, Mpumalanga police said.

Superintendent Abie Khoabane said a 27-year-old man entered Maria Gouws' house on Main Street through an open front door at around 09:40 on Monday.

She was alone and the children who lived with her were at school.

The man fired a shot which struck Gouws in her chest. She managed to flee out of her house but collapsed about two metres away and died of her wounds.

Nothing was stolen from her house.

Neighbours heard the shot and alerted police and paramedics.

Police used tracking dogs and found a suspect 500m from the house under a railway bridge where he was arrested.

A 9mm pistol was recovered that was positively linked to a house robbery where it had been stolen.

The 27-year-old would be appearing before the Balfour Magistrate's Court on Wednesday on charges of murder, said Khoabane.


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