Rent money leads to landlord’s death

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Police arrest 67-year-old woman after a violent altercation with her landlord which led to the landlord’s death on Wednesday, 13 October 2021, in Navalsig Bloemfontein.

It is alleged on Wednesday evening, the 67-year-old tenant sat with her landlord’s wife on the balcony.

When the landlord (63) arrived, he accused her of not paying rent and threatened to cut her electricity connection.

Upon entering the main house on his way to the main switch in the bedroom, an argument began.

It is further alleged the argument became physical. The pair fought in the bedroom where the landlord held his tenant down on strangling her on the bed.

Furthermore, the tenant managed to reach for a glass plate and smashed it on her landlord’s head.

That resulted in a deep cut in the landlord’s neck and heavy bleeding.

Emergency services declared the man dead at the scene.

The 67-year-old woman was arrested for murder and will appear before the Bloemfontein Magistrate Court soon.

Free State Provincial Commissioner, Lieutenant General Baile Motswenyane, urged Free Staters to find other ways to deal with arguments to prevent such unfortunate incidents.

“Let us try to communicate verbally and address issues appropriately without having to engage in fights,” he said.

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