Natal police made a breakthrough yesterday when they arrested three suspects who were allegedly involved in the killing of a sister at the Sacred Heart Convent in Ixopo. The arrested suspects aged between 25 and 35 are due to appear in the Ixopo Magistrates Court tomorrow facing murder, house robbery and rape charges. During their arrest, they were found in possession of some of the stolen property which were positively identified as property belonging to the victim.
It is alleged that on 18 April 2015, at about 19:00, Getrud Tiefebacher (86), a sister at Sacred Heart Convent was found dead in her room. It is alleged that the victim was at her residence when she was approached by the suspects who allegedly tied her hands with a type writer cord. She was also covered with a towel over her face, causing the victim to suffocate. It is alleged that foreign currency had been taken from Tiefebacher’s room. It is also suspected that the victim was raped before she was killed.
The KwaZulu-Natal Provincial Commissioner, Lieutenant General Mmamonnye Ngobeni commended the task team for their hard work that led to the arrest of the suspects. “We believe that some of the missing goods will be recovered as the members are still investigating the matter. I also wish to thank members of the community who responded to my call and provided information to the police which aided in the arrest of the suspects,” she said.
Source : South African Police Service