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Axe-wielding 20-year-old arrested after trying to kill 76-year-old woman in her home

Apr 21, 2018
Axe-wielding 20-year-old arrested after trying to kill 76-year-old woman in her home

Dutywa police on Friday arrested a 20-year-old man for the alleged attempted murder of a 76-year-old woman.

"It is alleged that the victim was asleep when she heard a knock on Friday morning, at about 00:30, at Goodhope Location, Ngxakaxha Village, Dutywa," described police spokesperson, Captain Jackson Manatha.

"She didn't open the door. The door was forced open.

"Suspect came armed with an axe.

"He accosted the woman. She cried loud and community members came and rescued her."

Captain Manatha added that she identified the suspect as the lights were on.

"The suspect was traced and arrested," he said.

"The motive for the attempted murder is not clear at this point in time."

The suspect will appear before the Dutywa Magistrate's Court on Monday.

Butterworth Cluster Commander, Brigadier Trevor Mey, thanked the community for saving the life of an old defenceless woman.