Pretoria pensioner killed

Randall Bason. Photo: Supplied.

A Garsfontein pensioner was murdered this week, after being the target of several attempted burglaries at his home.

Randall Bason (70) was brutally stabbed and strangled during an apparent robbery on Monday morning.

His wife Theresa discovered his body around 11:00.

He was found with computer speaker cables around his neck. Several kitchen knives were strewn about the house.

Bason’s son, Russel, said there had been at least 10 attempts to get into the property in the past four months.

“Nobody ever broke into the house, but they continually tested the security, getting bolder each time,” said Russel.

“My father also recently chopped down a tree that was used to gain access to the property. He spent the past four weeks touching up security. He still wanted to put barbed wire up on Monday morning, but he never got to it.”

Russel describes his father as the most loving person, but as a fighter as well.

“I always described him as a teddy bear, but he was a fighter as well. He hated bad service, and took immense pride in his work,” he said.

He said the murder has been a shock to the entire family.

“I haven’t told my children yet that their grandfather had died. I will soon, but they do not need the details. I just hope the police catch these men.”

Garsfontein police spokesperson Warrant Officer Dave Miller confirmed that police had opened a murder docket and that an investigation was underway.

“At this stage the cause of death has not been established. An autopsy will be performed soon though,” he said.

Anyone with any information on the murder could call the Garsfontein police on 012-470-4200.

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