National 24.8.2016 03:26 pm

Elderly woman found dead with hands tied

A receipt in the yard indicating that the woman had been to the shop to buy groceries around 14:00 was found by police.

A police investigation is under way after an elderly woman was murdered in her Meyerspark home in Pretoria.

The woman’s body was found with her hands tied behind her back on Saturday afternoon, Rekord East reported.

Silverton police spokesperson Captain Jan Sepato said it was not clear how many men gained entry into the residence.

Her son Riaan Botha said no money was taken.

“I don’t know what they wanted from her because none of her cash was stolen.”

The woman’s Nissan Sentra, a cellphone, and TV were, however, taken from the property.

A receipt in the yard indicating that the woman had been to the shops to buy groceries at about 2pm was found by police.

Sepato said the woman lived alone and her neighbours became concerned after she failed to leave for her regular trip to a local shop at about 4pm.

Botha said a resident’s daughter told her father she saw a few men walk into his mother’s house.

“She immediately told her father, who called the police.”

An investigation is under way.

The police urged anyone with information on the matter to contact the Silverton Police Station.

Sepato advised residents with elderly parents to have a caretaker or consider a facility where they did not have to be alone.

Criminals preyed on elderly people living alone, as they were vulnerable.

Botha said his mother’s burial was scheduled for Friday at the NG Church in Meyerspark at 11am.

“This is a difficult time for the family,” he said.

– Caxton News Service

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