Two held for elderly couple’s murder

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Parys - Two people were arrested on Wednesday in connection with the killing of an elderly couple on the farm Somerset near Parys in the Free State, the Hawks said.

“A man and a woman were arrested this afternoon (on Wednesday) at Zambala, next to Sasolburg in connection with the murder,” Captain Paul Ramaloko said.

“They were found in possession of items belonging to the victims including a cellphone.”

Ramaloko said the man, 30 and woman, 46, would appear in the Parys Magistrate's Court on Friday on murder and theft charges.

On Tuesday, Free State police 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,” Colonel Thandi Mbambo said at the time.

The body of the woman, aged between 70 and 75, 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.

Ramaloko said the motive for the killing was unknown and investigations continued. - Sapa

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