The Herald (South Africa)

Two ar­rested for mur­der of U’hage man, 80, ‘known to po­lice’

- Gareth Wil­son wilsong@times­me­dia.co.za

TWO men, aged 25 and 31, were ar­rested yes­ter­day in con­nec­tion with the mur­der of an el­derly Uiten­hage man last week.

Mathys “Oom Thys” Hu­man was found dead in the pas­sage of his Cath­cart Street home on Satur­day morn­ing.

It is be­lieved the 80-year-old, who lived by him­self, died af­ter be­ing hit on the head dur­ing a strug­gle with rob­bers.

The time of death has not yet been con­firmed but po­lice sus­pect he died be­tween Tues­day last week, when he was last seen, and 10am on Satur­day when his body was found.

Po­lice spokes­woman War­rant Of­fi­cer Gerda Swart said yes­ter­day de­tec­tives re­ceived in­for­ma­tion on Wed­nes­day that the sus­pects lived in KwaNobuhle.

“The team fol­lowed up on the in­for­ma­tion and found both sus­pects at their homes. They did not try to run or evade ar­rest when the po­lice raided their homes.”

Swart said sev­eral items, be- lieved to have been stolen from Hu­man’s home, were re­cov­ered.

“These two men are known to the de­tec­tives and have been ar­rested for petty crimes be­fore,” Swart said. “The de­tec­tive team will look into link­ing these two sus­pects to other crimes com­mit­ted in and around the area as well.”

An of­fi­cer linked to the in­ves­ti­ga­tion said one of the men was out on bail for an at­tempted bur­glary in the Uiten­hage area.

The men will ap­pear in the Uiten­hage Mag­is­trate’s Court to­day on charges of rob­bery and mur­der.

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