Pensioner allegedly kills robber, hides body away

The 79-year-old Athlone resident has been arrested for murder.

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CAPE TOWN - A 79-year-old Athlone man has been arrested for murder.

The suspect had laid a complaint with police about a break-in at his house in at the weekend.

The man claimed he had shot a robber before he fled the scene.

Officers later received a tip-off that the alleged robber had in fact died and his body had been hidden away in the complainant's yard.

The police's Andre Traut said "Police went back and found the body of 39-year-old male in the backyard. A search of the premises also discovered 25 firearms comprising various making calibers of pistols, rifles and revolvers as well as 700 rounds of ammunition."