Murder twist in death of pensioner
Gareth Wilson | 2017-03-24 08:30:34.0
Police believe Haupt was brutally bludgeoned with a pickaxe handle and left for dead. File photo
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A Port Elizabeth pensioner who died after what was thought to be a fall following a stroke‚ is now believed to have been murdered.
The startling turn of events follows a post-mortem‚ which revealed she had been savagely beaten.
Sandra Haupt‚ 72‚ was found bloodied and unconscious in their Central retirement cottage by her husband‚ Paul‚ 75‚ on Tuesday afternoon.
She died shortly after being rushed to hospital.
Haupt’s family‚ Nazareth House staff and police initially thought her death was accidental.
But police now believe Haupt was brutally bludgeoned with a pickaxe handle and left for dead in the cottage in Upper Dickens Street.
Police had initially treated the incident as an inquest case as no foul play was suspected.