A 29-year-old suspect has been arrested in connection with the death of a popular Gqeberha physiotherapist in her own house on Women’s Day.
Ward councillor Terri Stander announced on Facebook that the perpetrator in the fatal stabbing of Marolien Schmidt had been apprehended after her security camera footage revealed information that assisted in identifying him.
She commended the police for their efforts in locating the offender, saying: “Some people did not rest until the suspect was captured at about 1 am this morning [Thursday].”
Police spokesman Capt Sandra Janse van Rensburg confirmed the man was arrested in Central in the early hours of Thursday, according to radio station Algoa FM.
Schmidt, who had just turned 40, was stabbed many times in her Richmond Hill home. She died from her injuries while her neighbours rushed her to the hospital.
Schmidt attended Hor Volkskool in Graaff-Reinet and graduated from Stellenbosch University in 2005, according to the radio station.
Friends paid tribute to the “beloved” Schmidt, an Ironman competitor described as a loving lady with a passion for life, at a candlelight vigil outside her home on Wednesday night.