A gardener from Pietermaritzburg was arrested after allegedly strangling his older employer with an extension cord and stealing her belongings.
The body of 62-year-old Sharon-Lee Deetlets was found last Thursday in the found the bedroom of her house in Prestbury with bruises and choking marks on her neck.
Police spokesman Col Thembeka Mbele said that Deetlet’s house had been ransacked and that speakers, two cell phones and a DVD player were missing.
< p> “A robbery and murder case has been opened for investigation by Prestbury Police.
” On Monday 3rd January, Prestbury Police officers received information on the suspect and drove to the area Hilton.
“Upon arrival, the police found Douglas Mataula, 35, who was employed by the deceased as her gardener, in possession of the missing belongings and was arrested immediately.”
Mataula appeared before the am tsgericht Pietermaritzburg on Wednesday.
He is expected to apply for bail on January 12th.