Belfast Telegraph

Friday 18 April 2014

Briton's wife dies on SA honeymoon

A woman has been killed in a carjacking while she and her British husband were on honeymoon in Cape Town

Police in South Africa have launched a murder hunt after a honeymoon couple from the UK were attacked in a carjacking incident.

The 28-year-old woman was with her husband of just two weeks when their people carrier was targeted in a township on the outskirts of Cape Town late on Saturday night .

The gunmen drove off with the newlyweds inside the car, and although the man was later released unharmed, the woman's body was found on Sunday morning.

A source confirmed that the 31-year-old man is a British citizen and his bride was a foreign national living in the UK. They have not yet been named.

Western Cape Police spokesman Lieutenant Colonel Andre Traut said: "The driver was forced out of the vehicle then the two armed suspects took off with the vehicle with the couple inside.

He said the husband was dropped off at midnight in Harare, an area of the township of Khayelitsha.

Officers then began to search for the car but when they found it in a nearby area, the woman was already dead.

Lieutenant Colonel Traut said: "At 7.50am the vehicle was discovered in Lingelethu West. The 28-year-old woman was found in the back seat."

A Foreign Office spokesman said: "We are aware of the situation and are providing consular assistance to a British national who is involved, and their family."

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