UPDATE | Son of Eastern Cape woman found dead in burnt flat arrested for murder | News24

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Police in the Eastern Cape is questioning the son of a woman who was found deceased in her burning flat in Fernkloof on Tuesday.

  • Eastern Cape police have arrested the son of Sharon Ann Butlion, who was found dead in her burning flat on Tuesday.
  • Her car was abandoned in a bush in Walmer, the same area her son was found on Wednesday. 
  • Colonel Priscilla Naidu said her son was arrested after being questioned by police. 

Eastern Cape police have arrested the son of Sharon Ann Butlion, who was found dead in her burning flat in Fernkloof, Gqeberha. 

Police had responded to the incident in Park Drive, where they recovered the partially burnt body of the 65-year-old woman on Tuesday.

After questioning her son, who was found on Wednesday, police arrested and charged him with murder.

Naidu said he would appear in court soon. 

Police initially opened an inquest, but forensic evidence collected at the scene and interviews with neighbours suggested the fire may not have been an accident, she said.

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She said interviews with neighbours revealed that the woman’s son, who was not there when the police arrived, had lived with her in the flat.

Naidu said police found it unusual that the woman’s car was gone and the son was not in the flat.

Police later recovered the woman’s car, a white Ford Fiesta, that had been abandoned in Walmer.

“We found the car in Victoria Drive, a quiet area surrounded by bushes. The son was found in the CBD of Walmer,” said Naidu.

The cause of the fire was not yet known. 


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