Accused has 19 convictions

Man arrested for murdering PE pensioner guilty of range of serious crimes

The man alleged to have beaten a Port Elizabeth pensioner to death last month has been convicted of crimes a whopping 19 times.

Wandile Xana, 33, appeared in the Port Elizabeth Magistrate’s Court yesterday afternoon and is due to reappear today for the murder of Sandra Haupt, 72.

Haupt’s body was found bloodied and unconscious in her Nazareth House retirement cottage by her husband, Paul, 75, shortly after he returned home on March 21.

Xana, who was in custody for an unrelated burglary that occurred 48 hours after the brutal attack, was arrested on Friday while inside St Albans prison.

Police spokeswoman Colonel Priscilla Naidu confirmed that Xana has 19 previous convictions, ranging from robbery to burglary and theft.

Naidu said his first conviction was for theft in 1999 in Port Elizabeth. “He also has a conviction in East London for assault in 2004,” she said.

“Other crimes include malicious damage to property, robbery, theft and burglary.

“All the crimes he has been convicted of took place across the entire Nelson Mandela Bay district over a period of several years.”

Xana was linked to Haupt’s murder by fingerprints found in her home.

Within two days of the murder, Xana had been arrested for a burglary that had taken place near Nazareth House.

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