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Cape Town - A woman arrived home to find her husband in the back of a police van - and a strangled woman in her house.
Cops have arrested the husband for allegedly killing his lover, whose cries for help had gone unanswered by neighbours.
Witnesses tell the Daily Voice the deceased was having an affair with the suspect.
Earlier on Thursday, he was spotted with the victim and two other women.
A 60-year-old neighbour, who wants to remain anonymous, says she heard the young woman screaming from the man’s rented room.
“I heard a woman shout, ‘Please someone help me, he wants to rape me’,” she says.
“I knew something was wrong and I couldn’t walk there because of my recent knee-replacement operation.
“But I shouted back to them and asked what the hell was going on.”
She says she called the cops and neighbours for help.
“I knew something was really wrong in there and then I called my son to call the police again,” she adds.
“They eventually arrived and when they got here they knocked and the suspect refused to open.
“At the time, the landlord arrived and he opened.
“When they walked in, they found the woman dead and the man was arrested.
“His wife came home to find her husband in the back of the police van.”
The woman says the man had just moved into the yard.
“He was only here for two weeks and he seemed like a nice man even though he had tjappies of the 28s gangs on his arms. I didn’t expect this from him,” she says.
Police spokesman Captain FC van Wyk confirms: “At about 5.10pm, Grassy Park police attended a murder scene at 3rd Avenue in Lotus River.
“On their arrival, they were informed neighbours heard screams from a nearby room of a female, who eventually went quiet.
“The officers went to investigate where the noise was coming from, and the door of the premises was opened [by] the landlord.
“Inside they found a male hiding behind a door and on the floor there was a body of an unknown female.”
Police arrested the 35-year-old male from Lotus River for murder and he is due at the Wynberg Magistrates’ Court on Monday morning.