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Thornhill woman gunned down in her home by unknown man, who pretended to sell cement

Jan 31, 2019
Thornhill woman gunned down in her home by unknown man, who pretended to sell cement

Detectives from the South African Police Service in Thornhill are baffled as to the motive for the fatal shooting of a 36-year-old woman on Wednesday night, in Thornhill. 

"It is alleged that the 36-year-old woman was at her home in Tekana Street, Phase 2, Thornhill, when she heard a knock on the door at about 22:35," said police spokesperson, Captain Gerda Swart. 

"An unknown male approached her on the pretence to sell cement.

"The woman informed the man that she was not interested, she closed the door and the unknown male walked away."

It is further alleged that the same unknown male returned a few minutes later and knocked on the door again. 

Thornhill woman fatally shot by unknown man, police appeal for leads

"When the 36-year-old woman opened the door for the second time, the suspect fired a shot fatally wounding the 36-year-old woman in the head," Swart said. 

"The motive for the murder is unknown at this stage. Detectives are following up on all possible leads. 

"The name of the victim will be released after her next-of-kin was informed and she was formally identified."

She said that police are appealing to the community to assist them in their investigation. 

"Anyone with information that could lead to the arrest of the suspect can contact the investigating officer, Detective Warrant Officer Heinrich Rheeder on 082 441 7921, SAPS Thornhill 042 286 6200, Crime Stop 08600 10111 or Crime Line SMS 32211 with your tips."

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