National 2.8.2016 01:47 pm

68-year-old in court for sword murder

Mark Orton.

Mark Orton.

The man was arrested after the murder of Mark Orton, 43, in Sundowner on December 13, 2015.

The 68-year-old suspect who allegedly murdered his daughter’s previous neighbour with a sword last December, will appear in the Roodepoort Magistrates’ Court on Wednesday, August 10, Roodepoort Record reports.

The man was arrested after the murder of Mark Orton, 43, in Sundowner on December 13, 2015 but the court ordered that he be released since his Miranda rights had not been read to him at the time of his arrest.

He was rearrested on May 13 and appeared in court on May 18 where he was released on bail. When he appeared in court again on July 4 the case was postponed to August 10, pending DNA results.

According to Joey Jacobs, a family member of the victim, the murder was committed shortly after the friendship between the two neighbours, being the daughter of the suspect and Orton, had turned sour.

After a period of bickering between the two she moved out of her townhouse (neighbouring the victim’s). Orton decided to accept employment in Cape Town but a few weeks before he was to leave, his ex-neighbour’s father, who owned the townhouse next to his, moved back in.

On the fateful Sunday morning Orton was busy washing his vehicle when the suspect allegedly came out of the house and stabbed him with a massive knife that looked more like a sword.

Orton still managed to call his sister but by the time she arrived he was already unconscious. At 3pm he passed away in the Milpark Clinic.

“I stabbed him. I did not call for help. If you want help you better phone someone,” the suspect allegedly told a bystander on the scene.

– Caxton News Service


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