The case against a 48- year-old man, accused of the murder of a 86-year-old woman, briefly appeared in the Bloemfontein Magistrate’s Court on Friday morning.
The case was postponed to Monday, August 1.
On Thursday, Free State police spokesperson Captain Chaka Marope said the elderly woman was found murdered at her house in Gardenia Park and the man, her gardener, was arrested after her neighbour found her body.
“The victim was found having head injuries and it is suspected that she was attacked with a blunt object. The blood stains were scattered all over the walls and the bedroom were ransacked,” said Marope.
“The suspect was staying at the backroom of the woman’s house and during the preliminary investigation at the scene the suspect’s cap and blankets were found with blood stains and the suspect failed to provide the police satisfactory reasons to that effect.”
Marope said, the possibility of additional charges of robbery and rape cannot be ruled as the investigation team is still awaiting the autopsy report to determine whether the victim was sexually assaulted or not.
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