Double killing suspect appears

THE state will oppose bail for a man accused of brutally beating an elderly woman and her son to death with a hammer at their Port Elizabeth home at the weekend.

Morne van der Linden, 29, reportedly a close relative of the deceased, appeared briefly in the Port Elizabeth Magistrate’s Court yesterday, where the prosecution indicated it was opposed to bail due to the seriousness of the offence.

Van der Linden, who was arrested just hours after the horror incident on Sunday, was remanded in custody until today, when a date for a formal bail application will be arranged.

He faces two counts of murder. The bodies of Catherine Stofberg, 79, and her son, Kenneth Morar, 54, were discovered in their Salsoneville home in the northern areas on Sunday morning.

It is believed Van der Linden had an argument with Stofberg shortly before her death. – Kathryn Kimberley

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