The 22-year-old former Alexandra High School learner suspected of murdering three elderly people within a month was taken by detectives to court this morning, where he made a full confession before Senior Magistrate Ashin Singh.
A reliable source confirmed to Capital Newspapers that the suspect, who lives in “Ghost Town”, Woodlands, said he was “relieved” to admit what he had done. “I want the truth to set me free,” he said.
It is believed the suspect is a known drug addict.
Just a night after slitting the throat of 89-year-old Patricia Elizabeth Tugwell at Jacaranda Retirement Lodge on Tuesday, the serial killer brazenly returned to the scene targeting the neighbouring Kenwyn Retirement Home. He was spotted by neighbours who apprehended him and handed him over to the police. Both retirement homes are situated on Pietermaritz Street.
On July 21, an 89-year-old disabled man was also found murdered at the Jacaranda Lodge. He had been stabbed in the head. A pair of scissors was also found at the scene. Electronic goods were stolen.
A week prior, a 92-year-old resident at the Kenwyn Old Age Home, was found dead by a cleaner. It is believed the woman had been strangled to death while a small flat-screen TV and two cell phones were taken.
Yesterday, detectives linked the suspect through fingerprints to the three murders and another CBD burglary. The suspect pointed out the scenes of his crimes.
Earlier this week PADCA CEO, Trevor Clowes, said he was “appalled by the senseless violence”.
“We are appalled by the senseless violence against the frail, defenseless elders in our community. The safety of all our residents is of paramount importance and we are fully aware of the expectations placed on us by the residents and their families when it comes to security,” he said.