Strangled, the granny was wrapped in a carpet, then the two criminals tried to set the victim on fire, before fleeing the scene at Grafton Street, Bluff near Durban.
On Tuesday September 24, Delores Ireland (77), was found murdered in her laundry, by her son Shaun Ireland and a neighbour.
The neighbor became concerned, when she visited Dolores’ house on the Monday. She noticed items had been displaced, that Delores would never normally move.
She had earlier noticed a man, on the premises and enquired about Dolores’ whereabouts. The man told the neighbour, that Dolores had been taken to an old age home and he was there to do some renovations.
Suspicious of the man’s story, the neighbour decided to contact Shaun Ireland, to help find his mother.
Police spokesperson Colonel Thembeka Mbele said she was found with her hands tied.
“There are signs of her being strangled and the Police had opened a murder docket,” said Colonel Mbele.
A neighbour Mike Ware, said he last saw Dolores on the Thursday, when he briefly spoke with her and by the Monday felt it strange that he had not seen her over the weekend.
Dolores who was a pet lover, had fifteen dogs living with her, when her badly decomposed body was found.
Arrests made for the granny that was wrapped in a carpet
According to police spokesperson Parbhoo Sewpersad, they had arrested two male suspects in Black Pool Road in Bluff. “It is believed that Dolores had the two men living with her, who indicated that they would renovate her home for her,” said Sewpersad.
According to Sewpersad, Dolores was struck by a blunt object and her body was wrapped in a carpet and placed in a bathtub.