Son charged with mother's murder after her partially decomposed body was found

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Son charged with mother’s murder after her partially decomposed body was found

Police said the son was arrested in connection with the initial disappearance and subsequent discovery of the body of his 59-year-old mother.

Son charged with mother's murder after her partially decomposed body was found

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A 28-year-old son was arrested in connection with the initial disappearance and subsequent discovery of the body of his 59-year-old mother in Knysna.

THE MOTHER WAS LAST SEEN ALIVE ON THE 7 JANUARY

According to police spokesperson Captain Malcolm Pojie, the investigation team has worked around the clock since the mother was reported missing at the Knysna police on Monday, 10 January 2022.

This follows reports that she was last seen alive on Friday evening of 07 January 2022.

“A search party led by the investigating officer, comprising specialised units, including the K-9 (Dog Unit) and members of the community, ensued, resulting in the discovery of the body of the mother the day after that, on Tuesday, 11 January 2022.

“Her body, already partially decomposed, was discovered by a member of the community in bushes between Alemein and Stroebel Streets in Hornlee, Knysna,” Pojie said.

HER PARTIALLY DECOMPOSED BODY WAS FOUND

He added that although an autopsy was conducted to determine the possible cause of death, the report is not available at this stage and will be produced to court as part of the evidence.

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“Endurance and the constant following up on information about the whereabouts of the wanted suspect, son of the deceased, resulted in his arrest late the evening of Friday, 14 January 2022 by members of the community who handed him over to the investigation team.”

The son is expected to appear in the Knysna Magistrates’ Court on a murder charge on Monday, 17 January 2022. He remains in custody at the Knysna police holding cells.

THE SON WILL APPEAR IN COURT ON MONDAY

Western Cape Provincial management praised the combined efforts and cooperation between the police and community, which resulted in the perpetrator being brought before a court of law to be held accountable for the brutal murder of his mother.

“Efforts to protect our most vulnerable, such as women and children, are often jeopardised as the perpetrators sometimes are those who are the closest to the victims, those who are supposed to shelter, care and protect them, such as in this case.”

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