Saturday, March 22, 2008

Family member arrested for murder of Retreat girl

By Rhodé Marshall
22 March 2008


Police say a 46-year-old family member of Moenieba Kruger has been arrested in connection with her murder.

Police spokesperson Billy Jones says the 13-year-old girl’s body was found on Thursday evening in her family home in Retreat after her throat had been slit.

“Her body was found by her mother inside one of the bedrooms of their home. Detectives have confirmed that she was found with a deep cut wound to her throat and they have opened a murder case docket,” says Jones.

He says along with the investigation on the murder scene it has been found that the suspect is in deed the 46-year-old man that was arrested at 8pm Friday evening in Delft.

“We will further investigate whether there was any other offences as we are still waiting for the post mortem report to establish whether any sexual offences was committed,” explains Jones.

Earlier reports by the media alleged that Moenieba’s father is responsible for her death after he was apparently on the run after her murder.

Jones was unable to confirm this. “We cannot confirm in relation to this as court procedures do not allow that. Only after the person has appeared in court we can confirm their names or whether is any close relation.”

The suspect will appear in the Wynberg Magistrates court on Tuesday facing charges of murder.

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