South African Man Kills Designer for Criticizing Home


JOHANNESBURG (Reuters) - A South African man told a court how he hacked to death his interior designer because she criticized his decor, local newspapers reported on Tuesday.

Jose da Silva, 37, pleaded guilty to murdering 47-year-old Beatrice Harrowyn in 2001 after inviting her to his new house in a classy suburb north of Johannesburg.

“We went through the house and I told her what I wanted. She did not make any nice comments about my place so I went to my garage and fetched an axe,” the Star newspaper reported him as saying.

“I killed her because she reminded me of an old school teacher whom I hated very much.”

Da Silva told the Pretoria High Court that voices in his head had instructed him to become a serial killer, the Star said.

He said he wanted to be caught before killing any more people and could not understand why it took police six weeks to catch him after he left clues for them to follow “like Hansel and Gretel.”

“It should have taken police two days. It was their job to arrest me. I pay taxes and their salary,” the newspaper reported him as saying.

Da Silva is due to be sentenced on Tuesday, newspapers said.

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