An elderly woman was killed after three suspects forced a piece of cloth into her mouth during an armed house robbery on Taj Street in Laudium, Centurion, at 11.30am on September 19.
Gauteng police spokesperson Captain Mavela Masondo said three suspects broke into the house and tied up three women, including the deceased. “The other two women who were tied up were domestic workers,” Masondo said.
All three suspects were armed, he said.
Masondo described how the suspects tried to silence the elderly victim, who was 78-years-old, by forcing a piece of cloth into her mouth.
He said a member of the family, who was in a different section of the house, heard the commotion and sounded the alarm, at which point the suspects fled the scene.
“The suspects are known to the victims,” Masondo said.
He said the elderly woman was declared dead by emergency services, who attended the scene and police are awaiting the postmortem results.
Police are investigating a case of housebreaking and murder. The three suspects are still at large.
Both Interpol #TurnBackCrime Ambassador Yusuf Abramjee and Laudium BBM Service tweeted about the incident:
— Yusuf Abramjee (@Abramjee) September 19, 2016
Murder and Robbery in Taj street, Laudium. Female victim. @Abramjee
— Laudium BBM Service™ (@LaudiumBBMServc) September 19, 2016
– Caxton News Service