Elderly couple murdered on farm

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IOL crime scene jan 2 INDEPENDENT NEWSPAPERS File photo: Bongiwe Mchunu

Parys - An elderly couple was found dead on the farm Somerset near Parys, police said on Tuesday.

Spokeswoman Colonel Thandi Mbambo said the couple was found dead in a tuck shop they ran from a garage on the farm.

“The husband was found on the floor of the tuck shop, with his feet tied and head covered with a material sack.”

The body of the woman, aged between 70 and 75 years-old, was found tucked into a freezer.

“No visible injuries were found on the bodies,” said Mbambo.

The victims' bodies were taken to the state mortuary where post mortems would be conducted to determine the cause of deaths.

Police said a domestic worker arrived at the house at 7.30am on Tuesday and found the farm house ransacked.

Mbambo said the woman searched for the couple but could not find them.

A neighbour also arrived and helped to search for the couple, until they were found in the tuck shop.

Police said no arrests had been made.

Mbambo said the motive for the killing could be robbery.

Free State police commissioner Major-General Moeketsi Sempe has condemned the killing of elderly people who are unable to defend themselves.

Police urged the community to provide information that could assist in identifying the people responsible for the crime. - Sapa


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