November 13 2008 at 09:17AM
An 83-year-old woman who was severely assaulted and raped in 2007 died two months later due to her injuries.
Her alleged attackers will now face a charge of murder, along with robbery with aggravating circumstances and rape in the Pretoria High Court as soon as a trial date is determined.
The two suspects, who cannot be identified as they have not pleaded yet, are aged 44 and 34.
They were arrested in November 2007, about two weeks after the horrific incident at the home of Ines Christina Maree in Lyttelton on November 4 2007.
"The accused climbed over the fence of her premises, broke a bedroom window and gained entry to the house. They assaulted the victim, raped her and left her for dead."
Maree was still alive when her son - who had brought her groceries - arrived home several hours later.
He rushed his badly injured mother to the Unitas Hospital where she died of head injuries on January 6 tin 2008.
This article was originally published on page 4 of Pretoria News on November 13, 2008