January 6, 2016

#MURDER: Woman (85) found dead in her Toti home on Wednesday morning

A woman pensioner was found dead in her Arbuthnot Street, Toti home on Wednesday morning, 6 January.
According to Netcare 911 media liaison, Chris Botha, who attended the scene, the 85-year-old woman lived on her own. “Her niece and nephew used to bring her food every day. When they had no response, they peered through the window and saw her lying on the floor,” said Chris.
The Community Crime Prevention Organisation was called to the scene. “The house appeared ransacked and stripped of copper pipes and the geyser,” said CCPO committee member, Paul O’Neil. “However, there was no forced entry to the house.”
It is suspected the resident could have surprised housebreakers, who panicked. The cause of death will be determined by a post mortem.

UPDATE: Woman (84) found dead

crime scene (Custom)
Police named the deceased as Loraine Denyse Roberts (84). She suffered a stab wound to the stomach and excessive bruising and a cut on the right forearm.

“The deceased lived alone and was found by a family members who visited her every morning
to ensure she was OK and provide meals for the rest of the day,” said Toti SAPS communication officer, Capt Charlene van der Spuy.

The family saw her on Tuesday, 5 January at 8.30am and left her with everything in order.

On Wednesday, 6 January at about 9.45am they arrived at the house and found the gate to the premises still locked.

The safety gate and front door was closed, but not locked.

On entering the house, they noticed that all the rooms were ransacked and discovered the body of the deceased in one of the bedrooms, lying on the floor on her side next to the bed.

Paramedics were called out to the scene and the deceased was declared DOA.

On further investigation it was found that the geyser inside the toilet was broken and the element and copper pipes removed. Water was gushing out outside the house.

There were no signs of any forced entry.

It is unclear at this stage whether any other personal property was taken.

A case of murder is being investigated.”