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Cops need help after elderly man allegedly beaten to death

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It is believed the suspect fled the scene after being caught in the process of digging a shallow grave next to the door of the deceased’s RDP house in the middle of the night.

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THE GALESHEWE police need help in tracking down a suspect who might be connected to the murder of Lentikile Samuel Metsing, 71, who was killed in Number Two, Galeshewe, on Saturday.

Police spokesperson, Captain Basoabile Kale, said the deceased is suspected to have been beaten to death just before midnight. Police responded and found a 71-year old-man dead in his house.

It is believed the suspect fled the scene after being caught in the process of digging a shallow grave next to the door of the deceased’s RDP house in the middle of the night.

“A neighbour heard the sound of the shovel and enquired what was going on as it was so late at night. It is suspected that the suspect intended to bury the body in a shallow grave.”

The suspect then fled the scene.

The sister of the deceased, Esther Kola, indicated that she was fetched from her home and found her brother’s bruised body wrapped inside a sheet inside the house.

She said Metsing was staying alone at the time of the incident.

“If it was not for caring neighbours we would not have known where my brother was. The neighbour asked him what he was digging and he said he was cleaning the yard because he had to move in.

“Then the neighbour asked him where the Metsing was and he replied that he went to a funeral.

“When the neighbour attempted to come closer and threatened to call family members, the suspect dropped the shovel and ran away.

The family suspects that the incident was a robbery that went wrong because some items inside the house were missing.

“It is possible that the suspect knew the old man was staying alone.

“There is also a possibility that he tried to fight the suspect off because he was still strong at his age.”

Community members in Number 2 were outraged and condemned the incident.

“It has never happened in this area where an elderly was attacked in such a brutal manner,” one community member said.

Anyone with information on the whereabouts of the suspect can contact Detective Warrant Officer Dirk Thys on 082 469 0130 or (053) 807 6000.

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