Cape Town – A Johannesburg man, Risto Andjelopolj, who lived in Houghton died in hospital after he was allegedly assaulted and locked inside his home before it was set alight last month, his son reportedly confirmed.
This came as an alleged “lone serial arsonist” who has allegedly been torching residents’ homes in Johannesburg’s upmarket suburbs of Hyde Park, Dunkeld and Houghton is still roaming the streets, according to Times Live.
The arsonist allegedly breaks into homes, helps himself to food and leaves his mark by defecating in the house before setting it alight.
The report said that earlier this month Jovan Andjelopolj said his father was on a ventilator and could not speak.
“If my dad dies, this is murder” the report quoted Jovan as saying.
According to a post on Facebook by a woman said to be a resident in Sandton, the “lone serial arsonist” has allegedly burned at least two homes in the area recently.
“Apparently, he breaks in at around 3 am, helps himself to some booze and food from the fridge and then sets the couches on fire. 13 houses over 12 months and four this year with more frequent occurrences,” the woman said.
The arsonist is said to be careful with his victims. He avoids security cameras and doesn’t trip alarm systems. But he hasn’t been careful enough because recently CCTV cameras have captured images of him, IOL reported.
He is said to be a slim, clean-shaven man with a dark complexion, who is possibly in his mid-20s.
Compiled by Sinothando Siyolo