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Husband & wife arrested while trying to flee alleged double murder

A husband and wife who allegedly murdered two elderly people in the Free State earlier this week have been arrested.

On Thursday night, the bodies of 80-year-old Johannes Van Vuuren and 58-year-old Dorothia Van Staden were discovered in Oranjeville, by a relative of Van Staden.

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Police said the relative came across the gruesome discovery after Van Staden’s husband was unable to contact her.

Van Staden was found in the garage of the home with multiple head and bodily traumas, while Van Vuuren was stabbed a number of times. He was found in the courtyard.

Along with the bodies, it was discovered the house had been ransacked, with several household items including TVs and computers missing.

A gold BMW 3 series was also missing from the premises.

In addition to Van Staden’s wife being murdered, his stepdaughter, her husband and their 10-year-old daughter, who all live in the same house, were missing.

Upon discovering this, the vehicle’s registration number was immediately circulated.

At 9 pm on Friday night, Gqeberha K9 unit and flying squad members followed up on the information and found the vehicle driving along the N2 near Coega.

The vehicle was pulled over and a 36-year-old female, along with her husband, were arrested and detained for two counts of murder, and house robbery.

Their daughter was taken to a place of safety, while the car was impounded for further investigations.

The couple were thought to have been on their way to Kariega, Uitenhage in the Eastern Cape.

They will be appearing in the Heilbron Magistrate’s Court on Monday.

-The Citizen

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