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Police arrest gardener in connection with Bayswater murder

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Police have arrested a 39-year old gardener and charged him for the murder of a senior citizen who was robbed and killed in her Bayswater home in Bloemfontein in broad daylight on Tuesday.

Maria Magdelina Cameron, 69, was robbed and killed in her home when her husband went out to the pharmacy and left her at home with the gardener. 

SAPS regional spokespersonLieutenant Colonel Thabo Covane said that Cameron was murdered in her home in Gelderland Street in Bayswater at around 11.40am.

Covane said that her husband had discovered her body lying in a pool of blood when he returned home.

“According to the husband of the slain victim, he left their home and headed for the pharmacy. The complainant allegedly left his wife with the gardener at home,” Covane said.

“When he arrived back home he found his wife lying in a pool of blood with her throat slit and her hands tied behind her back. He ran around looking for the gardener to whom they had recently offered the job, but he was nowhere to be found,” he said.

Covane said Cameron’s husband reported the murder to the local police, who immediately launched a manhunt for the suspect. 

“The police arrived, secured the scene, and a preliminary investigation started. A wallet with an undisclosed amount of money was discovered missing and the victim’s handbag was found dropped outside the house inside the yard,” Covane said.

He said the police had arrested the gardener in connection with the robbery and murder at around 21:30 on Wednesday 24 November.

“The investigation team that included detectives through the support of various specialised units which were put together by the Mangaung Metro District Commissioner Major General Arthur Adams worked tirelessly around the clock until the suspect was arrested,” Covane said.

“Community Safety Structures, media houses and ordinary law abiding citizens never rested a moment working together and exchanging information and possible leads that led to the ultimate success,” he said.

Crime intelligence leads police to Botshabelo

He said the police had gathered crime intelligence that led them to a house in R-Section in Botshabelo. 

“The team tactically surrounded the shack dwelling at the informal settlement, cordoned it off and pounced on the suspect. Expensive alcohol brands reported to have been stolen during the house robbery and blood stained clothing were seized at the scene. Further investigation continues,” Covane said.

SAPS Major General Arthur Adams commended the team for the swift arrest.

“I want to send special word of condolences to the family and appreciate efforts by our joint venture which led into the apprehension of the perpetrator of this ruthless murder,” Adams said. 

The suspect is expected to appear in the Bloemfontein Magistrates Court on Monday 29 November.

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