Twin brothers arrested for 76-year-old woman’s murder

Picture: Thinkstock

Picture: Thinkstock

It is alleged that the victim, who stayed alone in her house, was attacked by the suspects during a robbery.

Twin brothers from Eersterust, in Pretoria, have just been arrested along with another friend for the murder of a 76-year old pensioner, Myra Wathen.

Wathen was brutally killed on Wednesday night in her Eersterust home on Makenna Avenue, east of Pretoria.

She was found in her bedroom by her neighbour.

Police spokesperson Constable Sam Shibambo said it was alleged that the victim who was staying alone in her house was attacked by the suspects during a robbery.

“The victim was found with several wounds on her upper body. Her burglar door was forced opened, and several household electronic equipment was stolen from the house.

“An investigation was initiated shortly after the police were called to the scene, and the manhunt was launched for the suspects.

“Twin brothers who resides several houses from the victim were arrested together with the third accomplice for the house robbery and murder. The investigation is continuing, and the police are hoping to make more arrests soon,” Shibambo said.

A family spokesperson, Tyron Parker, told The Citizen that he had consulted the family, and they agreed not to speak to the media until Wathen’s two daughters arrived.

One daughter is travelling from Bloemhof, in the North West province, and the other daughter is on her way from Nelspruit, in Mpumalanga.

A screwdriver was apparently used in the murder.

All the suspects are currently being held at the Eersterust Police Station.


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