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Teen arrested after eye-witness saw him fatally stabbing elderly Willowvale woman

Jun 12, 2019
Teen arrested after eye-witness saw him fatally stabbing elderly Willowvale woman

Willowvale - A 19-year-old man is expected in court after he was arrested by Willowvale police for the alleged murder of an 80-year-old woman.

"It is alleged that the deceased was stabbed on her upper body on Tuesday, at about 15:40 at Sunduza Locality, Upper Mbhangcolo Village, Willowvale," said police spokesperson, Captain Jackson Manatha.

"A community member saw the suspect stabbing the old woman.

"The eye-witness raised an alarm and community members came in numbers."

Capt Manatha said that the suspect tried to flee but was caught and police were informed.

"Police arrived and arrested the suspect. The suspect has been charged with murder. The motive behind the murder is not clear at this point in time."

He said that the deceased was identified as Nomaka Mhlaba, aged 80.

"The suspect will appear before the Willowvale Magistrate’s Court on Thursday on a charge of murder."

Butterworth SAPS Cluster Commander, Brigadier Ngangema Xakavu, condemned the brutal murder of an old defenceless woman.

He applauded the community members for assisting the police in arresting the suspect. 

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