Husband of murdered Southsea woman tells of ordeal

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A man whose Southsea-born wife was brutally murdered in South Africa has told of the terrible moment he found his wife with fatal wounds.

Susan Howarth, 64, and Robert Lynn, 66, were shot at and and tied up after they were woken by masked raiders on their farm in Dullstroom.

Ms Howarth died of her injuries on Tuesday morning after the gang dumped the couple by the side of a road.

Mr Lynn, a former electrical engineer, later described the ordeal, which took place at around 3am on Sunday.

According to the Middelburg Observer, he said: ‘I woke up because the dogs were barking and there was a racket at the bedroom window.

‘After I stood up, I heard glass breaking. I suppose that is when they started shooting at us. I assumed they missed.

‘They kept on asking where the money is. I told them that we don’t keep money but they would not believe me.’

He said he gave them a small amount of money and his bank cards but they were attacked and put in the back of their pick-up truck.

Mr Lynn said he believed the robbers were driving them somewhere to withdraw money but they were instead left for dead.

He said: ‘I crossed the road, crawling most of the way. On the other side I saw Susan, lying in a ditch. Her hands tied behind her back. She was bleeding from her head.’

A Foreign and Commonwealth Office spokesman said they are supporting Ms Howarth’s family.

‘Our thoughts are with them at this difficult time. We are in contact with the local authorities,’ he added.

Another Briton, David Ezekiel, 60, who grew up in Stoke Newington, north-east London, is feared dead after going missing from his home in Johannesburg last week.

An FCO spokesman said: ‘We are in contact with the South African authorities and the family of a British man after he was reported missing in Johannesburg.’