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Kei Mouth vic­tim ‘un­easy’

- By POPPY LOUW Crime · Incidents · Iceland · Democratic Alliance (South Africa) · Belarus · Belgium · South African Police Service · Eastern Cape · KwaZulu-Natal · Nathi Mthethwa

KEI Mouth murder vic­tim Anne Roe­bert called po­lice and a friend hours be­fore she was killed be­cause she felt un­easy.

The 76-year-old was found dead on Thurs­day morn­ing.

Roe­bert’s grand­daugh­ter Jade Schultz said her grand­mother’s body had been dis­cov­ered by a close friend and a neigh­bour.

“She [friend] was on high alert be­cause my grand­mother had called her the night be­fore telling her that she had seen some­thing sus­pi­cious out­side her house. She said she had al­ready called the po­lice,” said Schultz.

“My grand­mother then called her later on to tell her the po­lice came but left af­ter they found noth­ing sus­pi­cious. The next morn­ing, as [the friend] was tak­ing her daily walk, she no­ticed that my grand­mother had not yet opened up the house like she usu­ally did ev­ery morn­ing.”

Schultz said the friend had then called a male neigh­bour to come help her open up the house be­cause she had been afraid of what she might find inside.

“She had keys to the house for times when my grand­mother was out of town, so she used them to gain en­try. That was when they found my grand­mother’s body in her bed­room,” said Schultz.

Po­lice said Roe­bert had been found with her hands tied be­hind her back with a ca­ble.

Schultz, 27, was an­gered by her grand­mother’s murder.

“We want jus­tice to take its course. It’s scary to know that this per­son is still out there some­where She was a lov­ing grand­mother who was sweet to ev­ery­one. She was loved and very well known. She did not de­serve to die like that,” she said.

DA coun­cil­lor Sharné Ja­cobs said the murder had left Kei Mouth res­i­dents hor­ri­fied and

in her bed­room shocked.

“Ev­ery­one is just blown away by what hap­pened to Anne. We have never ex­pe­ri­enced some­thing of this na­ture where an el­derly woman was killed, so res­i­dents are quite shaken up by it. Kei Mouth is quite safe and ev­ery­one takes the nec­es­sary pre­cau­tions to be safe,” said Ja­cobs.

Ac­cord­ing to SAPS sta­tis­tics re­leased on Thurs­day, one murder had been re­ported in Kei Mouth be­tween April 2011 and March 2012.

Min­is­ter Nathi Mthethwa an­nounced an over­all drop of 3.1% for murder fig­ures in SA. How­ever, the Eastern Cape recorded the sec­ond high­est num­ber of mur­ders in the coun­try af­ter KwaZulu-Na­tal. — pop­pyl@dis­patch.co.za

 ?? Pic­ture: SUPPLIED ?? GONE BUT NOT FOR­GOT­TEN: Anne Roe­bert, front, in hap­pier times with her two sons Bran­don and Mark, and daugh­ter La­ree. Roe­bert's body was found in the bed­room of her Kei Mouth home by her close friend on Thurs­day morn­ing
Pic­ture: SUPPLIED GONE BUT NOT FOR­GOT­TEN: Anne Roe­bert, front, in hap­pier times with her two sons Bran­don and Mark, and daugh­ter La­ree. Roe­bert's body was found in the bed­room of her Kei Mouth home by her close friend on Thurs­day morn­ing

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