Bloemfontein - Four men have been arrested for the murder of an Oranjeville woman, Free State police said on Wednesday.

Constable Peter Kareli said police followed up information provided by residents after the murder of Vivian Ponte, in her late fifties.

She was found dead, with her hands and feet bound behind her back, in her house in Oranjeville, where she lived alone.

Kareli said police investigated after noticing the house door open and burn marks around one of the windows. On entering they found Ponte's body in a burned bedroom. She had bruises on her head and body.

Investigators seized cutlery, jewellery, and other personal items belonging to Ponte in the men’s possession when they were arrested on Tuesday.

Kareli said the men, aged between 23 and 27, from Metsimaholo at Oranjeville, were arrested at a house pointed out to police. They were expected to appear in court on Thursday on charges of murder, robbery, and arson.

Sapa