Cops hunt granny on the run

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Police are hunting for Hajirah Kenny who is accused of stabbing her deaf husband to death on her birthday. Picture Patrick Louw

Cape Town - A Lavender Hill grandmother who stands accused of murdering her husband in 2011, is on the run.

Hazel Maureen Johnson, 50, is alleged to have stabbed her husband Gasant Kenny in the neck while in their Keppel Court home in June 2011.

She was arrested on the same day and appeared in the Wynberg Magistrate’s Court.

The case was withdrawn because there was no prospect for a successful prosecution, said police spokesman Phindiswa Gcume.

“The case was (subsequently) referred to the public prosecutor for a decision, and it was ruled that the suspect must stand trial. A subpoena was issued for her to appear in court and all possible addresses were visited, but the accused could not be found anywhere.”

At the time of her arrest, Johnson, pictured, told the police that she had killed her husband by accident. He had apparently come at her with a knife because of her refusal to cook him dinner. In the ensuing scuffle, the two fell on the floor and the knife plunged into Kenny’s neck, she said.

But Kenny’s family believe Johnson killed her husband in cold blood. In an interview with the Daily Voice, Kenny’s sister Shariefa Ebrahim, 70, alleged that her brother was preparing to pray when Johnson snuck up behind him.

Steenberg police have asked anyone with information on Johnson’s whereabouts to contact Warrant Officer Nichol Brandt on 021 702 9000 or Crime Stop on 08600 10111.

Cape Argus


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