Funeral being held for Southsea woman brutally murdered in South Africa

The funeral is taking place in Dullstroom. Credit: Google Street View
The funeral is taking place in Dullstroom. Credit: Google Street View
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A funeral is being held for a woman from Southsea who was allegedly tortured before being killed by attackers in South Africa.

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

Ms Howarth, died of her injuries on February 21, two days after the attack, after the gang had dumped the couple by the side of a road.

Mr Lynn, who survived the attack, said he was burned with a blowtorch and slashed with a knife by assailants demanding money.

Three suspects have been arrested and are being held without bail.

Eileen du Preez, a friend of Ms Howarth, said mourners will bring 64 roses to her funeral in Dullstroom - one for each year of the victim’s life.

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

Her ashes will be flown to Southsea where she will be buried with her parents.