Despatch man arrested after girlfriend beaten to death

A Eastern Cape man who allegedly beat his girlfriend to death after seeing her with another man will appear in court on a murder charge on Monday.

A 49-year-old man who is suspected of beating his girlfriend to death in Despatch in the Eastern Cape is due to appear in court on Tuesday.

Police spokesperson Capt Gerda Swart said on Sunday the incident had apparently occurred after the suspect became jealous.

“On Saturday about 5.30pm, the jealous suspect took the woman to a nearby river after seeing her with another man, she said. “She was [allegedly] assaulted by the suspect with a wooden plank and thereafter further assaulted at his house in Elands Street, Despatch. The victim later succumbed to her injuries and the suspect reported this to the police today [Sunday].

“The man will appear in the Uitenhage magistrate’s court on Tuesday on a charge of murder.”

Swart said the name of the victim, 49, would be released once her next of kin had been informed.

“Ending gender-based violence and ensuring women’s safety remains a priority for the police,” she said. “Women in abusive relationships are advised to seek help and to report such cases immediately.”


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