Cape Times

Two in court for killing of Plett librarian, 77


TWO teenagers allegedly killed a Plettenber­g Bay librarian for her radio, DVD player and a few pieces of frozen chicken.

Seventy-seven-year-old Johanna Blignault’s body was found outside her Wittedrift home on Saturday.

Two youths, aged 16 and 17, yesterday appeared in the Plettenber­g Magistrate’s Court on murder charges.

It was not clear whether they were being detained after court or had been released into the care of their parents.

Police spokesman Malcolm Potje said friends had discovered Blignault’s body on the back porch of her ransacked home on Saturday.

She had been stabbed, but Potje was unable to say yesterday what the murder weapon was.

Hours before her murder Blignault had asked friends to take her to a shopping centre.

Neighbours become worried when they did not see her return home.

Potje said it was not yet clear whether Blignault had been attacked before or after her home had been ransacked.

He said the motive appeared to be burglary.

Hours after Blignault’s body was discovered, Potje said, two teenagers were arrested.

He said a DVD player and radio, stolen from Blignault’s house, were confiscate­d during the arrests.

Potje said outside the house to which the teenagers were traced, pieces of frozen chicken stolen from Blignault’s home were discovered as well.

A post-mortem would determine exactly what caused Blignault’s death, said Potje, adding that if the results showed she had been raped, the teenagers would also face that charge.

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