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Stolen items led to arrest in Winnie Rust murder case

Police say stolen items found in the possession of a teenager led to a breakthrough in the investigation.

FILE: Well-known writer Winnie Rust. Picture: Facebook.

CAPE TOWN - Police say stolen items found in the possession of a youth led to a breakthrough in the investigation into the murder of a well-known Afrikaans author.

Seventy-seven-year-old Winnie Rust was found murdered at her Wellington home last week.

Her body was discovered by her husband and her hands and feet had been bound, with injuries to her face.

Rust's husband found her body in their kitchen in their home where they have lived for 60 years.

Western Cape police spokesperson Noloyiso Rwexana says Wellington police arrested an 18-year-old over the weekend.

The teen is expected to appear in the Wellington Magistrates' Court later today.

He was found in possession of several items, including Rust's purse and cellphone.

Rust's children, who live overseas, have been making their way back to South Africa after hearing about their mother's murder.

A memorial service is expected to take place in Wellington this week.

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