Elderly man dies in Sedgefield house robbery

12:37 (GMT+2) Tue, 17 Sep 2019

The beloved dog of an elderly man from Sedgefield who was wandering the streets on his own led a member of the community to the discovery of his owner's body.

Spokesperson Captain Malcolm Pojie says the 80-year-old man, whose identity cannot yet be disclosed, was overpowered in his house on Monday night before his hands were tied behind his back and his mouth gagged with a cloth.

A community member saw his dog running alone in the streets, which was unusual to him.

Pojie says the man decided to investigate further by going to the victim's house to establish his whereabouts.

He says the victim was already dead and he immediately notified police.

Pojie says Knysna detectives quickly responded and arrested two suspects in their later twenties within hours of the crime.

The men stole a DSTV decoder, a knife, some personal belongings and the deceased's personal diary.

The suspects, who are from Smutsville were taken into custody and will appear in the Knysna Magistrates Court soon on a charge of house robbery and murder.

An autopsy will now be done on the deceased to determine the exact cause of death.

In August another elderly man died during a house robbery in St Francis Bay when he too was tied up and gagged.

The autopsy revealed that the well-known businessman, 76-year-old Duncan Lethbridge, died from suffocation.