Tuesday, 11 November 2008

Teens held for elderly woman's murder

Staff Writer

November 11 2008 at 08:31AM

Police have arrested two teenagers in connection with the murder of a 72-year-old Montagu (Western Cape) woman, Elma Burger.

One, a 17-year-old boy, is to appear in the Montagu magistrate's court on Tuesday on probable charges of murder, theft and housebreaking.

Police were questioning the other, aged 18, last night, and could not confirm if he, too, would face charges.

A neighbour found Burger dead in her shower on Sunday afternoon.

Preliminary autopsy findings suggested her neck had been broken.

Burger's main bedroom window had been damaged. Her cellphone and car, a Mazda Etude, were missing and were found abandoned 15km from Barrydale on the R62 early on Monday.

The 17-year-old was arrested on Monday afternoon on a farm 15km from Barrydale, said police spokesperson Bernadine Steyn.

Later in the afternoon, the 18-year-old was also taken in for questioning in connection with the murder, housebreaking, and theft.

The older youth was found on a farm 35km from Montagu.

This article was originally published on page 3 of Cape Times on November 11, 2008


No comments: