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03 November 2011 at 11:22 - Posted by Anonymous

Husband, wife found shot dead


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The domestic worker who found her murdered employers at Verwoerdpark in Alberton is comforted at the scene. She found the couple tied up and shot in their house. Photo: Bongiwe Mchunu

The cars parked outside should have been the first clue. Usually pulled into the double garage overnight, domestic worker Hilda Khumalo found the Nissan bakkie and the Opel Astra in the driveway.

And when she entered the De Sousas’ Verwoerdpark home in Alberton at 8.45am on Wednesday, she found out why.
 
Her two employers had been shot, their hands, feet and mouths bound with packaging tape.
 
Fifty-year-old Anna de Sousa lay on her abdomen on the bedroom floor.
 
She had a single shot to the back of her head. Next to her head was a pillow that police believe was used to muffle the gunshot.
 
Her 57-year-old husband, Carlos de Sousa, who ran a small home-based construction company, Carlman Construction, was found on his abdomen in the bathroom at the back of the house with a bullet wound in the front of his head.
 
Alberton police spokeswoman Warrant Officer Annzuette Erasmus said there was no forced entry into the house and it appeared the gunman may have been known to the family.
 
“All that was taken was a petty cash box and a firearm,” said Erasmus, adding it was clear that whoever was in the house was looking for something specific.
 
She said police were investigating a case of murder and house robbery.
 
“Both cars and their keys were left behind. All the electronic appliances were still in the house, which was not ransacked.
 
“Only the study downstairs and an office upstairs seemed to have been rummaged through,” she said.
 
Although the front door security gate was unlocked, both the back and front doors were locked.
 
By noon on Wednesday, as forensic experts dusted the property looking for fingerprints and a sniffer dog combed the property, relatives grieved outside with the couple’s sons Ricardo, 29, and Miguel, 27.
 
A distraught Khumalo was comforted by her daughter.
 
Ricardo, who spoke to the media briefly, said the family had been traumatised by the deaths.
 
He had last spoken to his parents on Monday. “We don’t know what’s going on,” he said.
 
Erasmus said police divers would be called in to search the koi ponds in the yard for a firearm.
 
She said the motive was not clear, and autopsies would determine what kind of firearm was used to kill the pair.
 
A SIM card, which was found on the scene, was sent for forensic tests.
 
Erasmus said residents claim to have heard gunshots around 10pm on Tuesday.
 
“Construction workers who arrived on the crime scene and saw their employer said he was wearing the same clothes he had on the day before when he dropped them off.”
 
A police source said police were questioning his workers. - The Star
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