Irishwoman murdered in Cape Town


AN IRISHWOMAN who moved to South Africa with her husband was murdered last week at their Cape Town home during a suspected robbery.

Cecily Clark (67), formerly of Shankill in Co Dublin, was said to have been at home alone last Wednesday in Cape Town’s Claremont suburb when a man assaulted and strangled her after gaining entry to the house.

The police told local reporters that the suspect also surprised Ms Clark’s husband, John, upon his arrival home, but he managed to raise the alarm following an altercation.

“Mr Clark fell to the ground and pretended to be unconscious. He used this opportunity to activate the panic alarm. It is unclear at this stage how entry was gained into the house,” Claremont police spokeswoman Angie Latchman told reporters.

According to Capt Latchman, a 25-year-old man was arrested after he was caught red-handed ransacking the house by security officers who arrived on the scene. He appeared in a Wynberg court last Friday, where he was charged with murder and robbery.

Ms Clarkis survived by her husband and children Jonathan, Simon and Emma.