City couple at­tacked, wife killed in home

Ma­rina da Gama com­mu­nity left reel­ing as hus­band re­cov­ers from shoot­ing

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A 72-year-old man who sur­vived be­ing shot re­ceived the dev­as­tat­ing news that his wife was killed dur­ing an at­tack in their Ma­rina da Gama home in the early hours of yes­ter­day.

Wil­liam Carter is re­cov­er­ing in hos­pi­tal af­ter he was shot in the stom­ach shortly af­ter 3.30am. He was found ly­ing out­side the cou­ples’ home.

His wife, Frances “Fran” Carter, 66, was found stabbed to death in the kitchen.

Speak­ing to Week­end Ar­gus from his hos­pi­tal bed, the fa­ther of two said he had been in­formed in hos­pi­tal that his wife of 26 years had been killed.

He said they were at­tacked by two men in their home in the quiet, wa­ter­side sub­urb near Muizen­berg.

“I’m in quite a bit of pain from the bul­let in my stom­ach, from what I un­der­stand it went right through me,” he said.

“I did not know about my wife, and I was only told when I was in hos­pi­tal what hap­pened to her. It was quite a shock.

“I don’t re­mem­ber much. It is all a blur. I do re­mem­ber be­ing shot; there was a scuf­fle for the gun. There were two peo­ple in the house, but non-de­scrip­tive.”

Detectives and crime scene an­a­lysts

“I’ve been here 15 years and this is not some­thing that we see.

Karen Bruck­ner


spent hours comb­ing the scene at the couple’s home while a diver scoured the lake be­hind the house, as the team tried to col­lect ev­i­dence to piece to­gether de­tails of the in­ci­dent.

ER24, which re­sponded to the scene shortly af­ter 4am, said Frances was found un­re­spon­sive with knife wounds to the head and back while Wil­liam had a gun­shot wound.

“She was de­clared dead on ar­rival,

and he was in crit­i­cal con­di­tion and was treated with ad­vanced life sup­port in­ter­ven­tions by Metro EMS be­fore be­ing trans­ported to a pri­vate hos­pi­tal for fur­ther care,” said ER24 spokesper­son Ross Camp­bell.

Po­lice spokesper­son Colonel An­drè Traut said in­ves­ti­ga­tors had gath­ered ev­i­dence to de­ter­mine what led to the mur­der and at­tempted mur­der.

He said that a diver was called out to help gather ev­i­dence at the scene. They were look­ing for the gun used to shoot Carter, al­though it was still un­clear who the gun be­longed to.

“It is too soon to spec­u­late on the mer­its of the case at this stage,” Traut added.

While po­lice are keep­ing mum on the de­tails sur­round­ing their in­ves­ti­ga­tion, neigh­bours in the quiet com­mu­nity have ex­pressed shock at the grue­some at­tacks.

“I heard two shots go off at around 2.30am, and my dogs were bark­ing, but I did not go out to in­ves­ti­gate and woke up to see all these po­lice ve­hi­cles,” said a neigh­bour, who did not want to be named.

“We don’t see this sort of thing in our com­mu­nity, so it is un­der­stand­able that there are so many ques­tions around what hap­pened. Was it a do­mes­tic dis­pute, were there in­trud­ers? We need an­swers. There is 24-hour se­cu­rity here and they are very good at spot­ting ve­hi­cles that are not fa­mil­iar to them or don’t be­long.

“The last time we had a mur­der here was nearly 20 years ago when a man hacked his three chil­dren to death with an axe.”

In Jan­uary 2002, Tony Adling­ton, 42, blud­geoned his three chil­dren to death,

at­tacked his wife with a blunt end of the same axe be­fore killing him­self at their Ma­rina da Gama home.

Deputy chair­per­son of the Uitsig Penin­sula Neigh­bour­hood Watch Karen Bruck­ner said it was un­der­stand­able that res­i­dents were con­cerned by the in­ci­dent.

“This is a quiet area. The kind of crime we have is mostly petty in­ci­dents and drug-re­lated crimes from neigh­bour­ing ar­eas where if peo­ple leave things out­side then that will be an op­por­tu­nity for peo­ple to come into peo­ple’s yards to steal things,” she said.

“I have been here for 15 years ,and this is not some­thing we see. And since the neigh­bour­hood watch was es­tab­lished five years ago, there has been in­creased vig­i­lance.

“Res­i­dents are quite con­cerned. Un­der­stand­able, as it is quite a shock for ev­ery­one, but we have been urg­ing res­i­dents to give po­lice the space to do their work.”


EFF sup­port­ers face off with farm­ers sup­port­ing United Against Farm Mur­ders AfriFo­rum out­side the Senekal Mag­is­trate’s Court dur­ing the bail ap­pli­ca­tion for two men ac­cused of mur­der­ing farm man­ager Brendin Horner. See pages 4, 7, 10 and 11 |


FRANCES Carter, 66, was found dead in the kitchen of her Ma­rina de Gama home near Muizen­berg yes­ter­day morn­ing. She is pic­tured above with her son, Wil­liam. |

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