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Elderly Schoenmakerskop woman dies in hospital following attack that killed her husband

Oct 5, 2017
Elderly Schoenmakerskop woman dies in hospital following attack that killed her husband

Police in Port Elizabeth on Thursday confirmed the passing away of 78-year-old Schoenmakerskop resident, Ellaine Allwright, at a local in hospital where she was admitted following an attack on her and her husband at their home in September. 

Allwright's 72-year-old husband died at the scene of the crime after being bludgeoned to death with a blunt object.

"Police will be now investigating two cases of murder and one of house robbery," said police spokesperson, Col Priscilla Naidu.

She added that no arrests have yet been made.

"Forensics and DNA analysis was taken from the scene and have been sent for processing," explained Col Naidu.

She said then that the SAPS Walmer Trio Task Team is investigating the case.

Police could not say at the time what was stolen from the couple's home.

Col Naidu added then that the SAPS, Metro Police and Metro Traffic have dedicated patrols daily as well as increased visibility in the areas of Victoria Drive and Schoenmakerskop.

"The Trio Task teams in the Mount Road Cluster have also made significant arrests for the month of September on business and house robberies," she described.

"A total of 14 arrests were effected for house and business robberies and on 13 September 2017 two accused were each sentenced to 20 years imprisonment for a house robbery which they committed in August 2016 in the Humewood area." 

Police are appealing to anyone who can assist them in the investigation in tracing the suspect/s to contact D/Capt Elroy Lindoor at SAPS Walmer on 041 3198707.

The Cluster Commander of Mount Road Cluster, Maj Gen Funeka Siganga, condemned these senseless attacks and called on the community not to buy or receive stolen goods.

"It is an offence to receive or buy stolen property.  If communities support criminals in purchasing stolen goods, more victims will suffer because purchasing goods in this illegal manner motivates criminals to repeat their actions.  Reject any goods you suspect to be stolen and report the matter to the police," urged Maj Gen Siganga.