Scots gran found ‘hacked to death’ in South Africa

Sandra Malcolm's body was found by her grandson in Cape Town. Picture: Contributed
Sandra Malcolm's body was found by her grandson in Cape Town. Picture: Contributed
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A WOMAN from Scotland has been found murdered in her South Africa home.

Sandra Malcolm, 74, and originally from Monifeith, was reportedly found by her grandson in her home in Cape Town on Sunday.

“This is a quiet community, this is shocking, I still cannot believe it”

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TV networks in South Africa reported that Mrs Malcolm’s body had been ‘mutilated’, although police investigating the murder would not confirm this.

It is understood that Mrs Malcolm’s grandson found the body after climbing through an open window after getting no answer at the front door of the property in the Capri Mews complex in Marina Da Gama

A neighbour, who asked not to be named, told IOL news: “This is a quiet community, this is shocking, I still cannot believe it.

“I saw her on Saturday afternoon last. She had some friends over.

“She wouldn’t let anyone get to her. It’s so strange because we didn’t hear anything, no struggle or a gunshot.”

Police spokesman Capotain FC Van Wyk said: “The motive for the killing is unknown at this stage. A post-mortem will be held to establish the exact cause of death.”

The Foreign and Commonwealth Office said that it was aware of the incident and was providing assistance.

Mrs Malcolm had lived in South Africa for 35 years, and is survived by her two daughters, three grandchildren and two great-grandchildren.

The Scotsman understands she had been planning on visiting family in Dundee next month.