Cops have revealed that the 36-year-old suspect, who was caught in a sting operation, lives opposite the elderly couple and is believed to have planned the brutal attack which occurred two months ago.
Peter Goliath Senior, 70, died defending his wife, Elizabeth, 66, when heartless robbers stormed their home in Orion Road and assaulted them on 25 August.
The couple were tied up and beaten while the skelms ransacked their house and the beloved oupa, who suffered from epilepsy, died in the horror ordeal.
His wife survived by playing dead.
Shortly after the attack, officers arrested Angelo Klein, 38, who allegedly sold one of the cellphones taken in the robbery.
He was charged with murder, attempted murder, housebreaking and theft, and appeared in the Athlone Magistrates’ Court where his bail application was denied.
Manenberg Police Station commander, Brig. Enolium Joseph, says detectives had been tracking the second suspect for months after he went on the run in August.
“He was arrested at Fezeka Community Court in Gugulethu on Wednesday,” says Joseph.
“Since the incident, he has been on the run but the detectives found out that he had an assault case he had to appear for and when he arrived at court, they pounced on him.
“The 36-year-old man lived opposite the couple and is believed to be the mastermind in the robbery.”
The neighbour will make his first appearance at the Athlone Magistrate’s Court on Friday where he will appear on murder, attempted murder, housebreaking and theft charges.
Widow Elizabeth says their children and grandchildren are missing their beloved oupa, but they all believe and pray that justice will be served.
“The children still talk a lot about Pa because they love him and miss him,” says the granny.
“I bear no malice and I knew the perpetrators would be caught because I have faith and we prayed and committed it into the Lord’s hands.
“I had seen the neighbour, but did not really know him.”
She says she has healed from her injuries and the family now wants justice to be served.