Henry Coetzee, 88, from Pretoria found murdered on a bed.
His assailants, however, stripped this neat, almost hermit of his dignity in his last moments by letting him lie on his stomach on a bed. They tied his hands behind his back, tied his feet and wrapped a sheet around his head. The sheet was tied with masking tape.
That’s how Clive Symington found the body of the elderly man Saturday morning at his home in Suikerbos Avenue in Lydiana, Pretoria.
Symington, the owner of the Yarona guesthouse in the same street, said on Monday it was a shock to see Coetzee like that. “It is not yet certain whether he suffocated and whether he suffered a heart attack during the robbery,” Symington said.
“We saw no visible injuries to Henry. “
It is also not clear if anything was stolen.
Coetzee, who sometimes went for a walk in the afternoon, may have been attacked outside his home on Friday afternoon (October 18) before 6pm because he was still wearing his day clothes. “He usually wears all his late-night clothes in the late afternoon and went to bed at around 6pm. His keys are gone, too. ”
“He was lonely and often came and sat here with me talking. But if we offered him something to eat or help clean his house, he was too proud to accept it. He also did not have a domestic worker. Henry lived on breakfast cereals, fruits and (the food drink) Ensure. He was very neat on himself. I often offered that he could come and live in a room in my house, but he would not. ”
Prior to his retirement, Coetzee worked for an oil company and traveled extensively. “He always boasted that he was his own boss and could commute as he pleased,” Symington told Monday.
Pretoria police spokesman Michael Nel confirmed Coetzee was found with his hands tied behind his back. “We are investigating a murder case, although the motive is not yet known. No one has been arrested yet. “
Nel called on anyone with information about the attack to call the police toll-free number 0860010111.