Tuesday, February 24, 2009

British pensioner murdered for his microwave

A British pensioner who retired to South Africa has been murdered by robbers for his microwave three months after his wife died.

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Horace Coltman, 85, was tied up and beaten to death at his home in Edgemead, Cape Town.

Thieves escaped with his microwave oven and other possessions.

Mr Coltman, from Leicester, moved to South Africa 12 years ago with his second wife Joyce after retiring.

Friends and family urged him to come home in November last year after his wife died, but he insisted on staying put.

Detectives are working on the theory that the pensioner, whose battered body was found by his cleaner, was killed during a robbery. His hands and feet were still bound.

Mr Coltman was last seen alive on Thursday night, when he visited his local pub. He was found dead in his garage the following morning.

His son, Tony Coltman, 58, of Rothley, Leics, said: "I never imagined this would happen to him. He was so happy there. He was a nice person."

Daughter-in-law Marion Coltman, 61, of Markfield, Leicester, added: "He has a lot of friends and neighbours here who will remember him.

"People were worried that perhaps he wouldn't cope living on his own after Joyce died, but he was always very happy in South Africa."

Mr Coltman had four children with his first wife, Joan - from whom he was divorced - plus four grandchildren and eight great-grandchildren.

A keen fisherman and motorbike fan, he retired after spending most of his working life in Leicester's hosiery industry.

Detectives have yet to make an arrest.

The Foreign and Commonwealth Office warns would-be visitors South Africa has "a very high level of crime, including rape and murder".

There were 18,500 murders between April 2007 and March 2008, although the figure represents the country's lowest in more than a decade.

1 Opinion(s):

Viking said...

what is wrong with these people?!?!?!?!?!!?!?

my heart goes out to this poor man's family..