Mur­dered priest who had sur­vived at­tack by se­rial killers widely mourned

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GRA­HAM­STOWN was rocked this week by three mur­ders in three days. One of the vic­tims was a priest who, 18 years ago, nar­rowly es­caped death at the hands of a ho­mo­sex­ual se­rial killer cou­ple.

The Week­end Ar­gus has es­tab­lished that one of the pair, who went on a coun­try­wide killing spree in the early 90s, is out on pa­role and un­der cor­rec­tional su­per­vi­sion in Pre­to­ria.

An Angli­can priest and lec­turer at Gra­ham­stown’s Col­lege of the Trans­fig­u­ra­tion, Clive New­man, 45, was found dead in his room in the col­lege on Mon­day morn­ing af­ter he did not re­port for work.

Gra­ham­stown po­lice spokesman In­spec­tor Shero­lene Wil­liams said po­lice be­lieve he was killed some­time be­tween Fri­day af­ter­noon and Mon­day morn­ing.

He was found ly­ing on his bed with an in­jury to his head.

There was no sign of forced en­try, but the se­cu­rity gate was found ajar.

Po­lice are now looking for New­man’s dark blue Hyundai car (regis­tra­tion DMC 932 EC) which is miss­ing.

No ar­rests have been made yet.

In the 1991 at­tack in Port El­iz­a­beth, the cou­ple slit New­man’s throat. He sur­vived but af­ter­wards had a speech im­ped­i­ment be­cause his vo­cal chords had been sev­ered.

His tes­ti­mony helped con­vict An­tonie Wes­sels, then 31, and his teenage lover, JeanPierre Havenga, who was 17 at the time.

They had al­ready killed three peo­ple across the coun­try – Amer­i­can hiker Ed­ward Perl­mut­ter who was mur­dered in Outeni­qua For­est, Ma­jor Ja­cob Jou­bert in Pre­to­ria, and David Se­mehl, a teenager, who was killed in the Drak­ens­berg.

Wes­sels was sen­tenced to death and Havenga to 25 years in prison.

Cor­rec­tional Ser­vices spokesman Phum­lani Ximiya said Havenga was cur­rently on pa­role and un­der cor­rec­tional su­per­vi­sion. Wes­sels’ death sen­tence had been con­verted to life im­pris­on­ment.

Angli­can Arch­bishop Thabo Mak­goba said he had heard the news of New­man’s death with “hor­ror and grief ”.

Gra­ham­stown na­tional arts fes­ti­val fringe man­ager Kate Axe-Davies said New­man had been in­stru­men­tal in set­ting up the Artreach pro­gramme which en­abled the el­derly, sick and in­car­cer­ated to at­tend the fes­ti­val.

“It is hard to be­lieve that some­one with Clive’s com­pas­sion, hu­mil­ity and re­spect for oth­ers can be so trag­i­cally taken away.

“He will be sorely missed by us all,” she said.

Mean­while, the po­lice were also in­ves­ti­gat­ing the deaths this week of po­lice con­sta­ble Chun­ysiwa Za­mani and Port Al­fred boat builder An­drew Reynolds.

Reynolds was found at a hunt­ing lodge at Fort Brown, just out­side the town.

He had been shot through the head.

Za­mani’s body was found on Wed­nes­day next to her blue VW Jetta on the N2 out­side Gra­ham­stown fol­low­ing a botched hi­jack­ing.

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