A 22-year-old woman has been found guilty of decapitating and dismembering a former Monifieth grandmother at her home in South Africa.
Sandra Malcolm, 74, was stabbed by Sheree Prince, 22, as she tried to treat her killer’s burned foot.
Prince will be sentenced on April 19, finally bringing an end to Mrs Malcolm’s family’s long hunt for justice.
She admitted in court papers that she had cut off Mrs Malcolm’s head and limbs after the grandmother treated her injured foot and fed her toast and tea.
Prince claimed she stabbed Mrs Malcolm, who had lived in South Africa for 35 years, when she said she was going to call an ambulance, as she feared she would contact the police instead.
She said she had scalded her foot when she kicked over a pot of soup as she left an address she had been staying at after robbing a house.
Prince said she then travelled to the Cape Town suburb of Lakeside and broke into Mrs Malcolm’s flat.
She woke her victim as she clambered inside through an open window.
Her statement said: “I told her that I climbed through the window, that I was looking for help and showed her my burnt foot.
“We then went into the kitchen where she gave me Savlon mixed with water to wash my foot. She then made me toast and tea.
“The woman said she was going to phone for an ambulance. I said no and grabbed the knife.
“I told her I would stab her if she called the police. She tried to take the knife from me.
“I stabbed her in her chest once and she fell to the ground. I wanted to leave, but saw her trying to get up.
“I then killed her by decapitating her with the big knife.”
Prince’s horrifying statement continued: “I tried to cut her body in order to take it apart.
“I then cut off both of her arms and tried to cut off her legs, but failed to remove them completely and then I used an axe to chop it off.”
In his judgment, Judge Bruce Langa said the manner of Mrs Malcolm’s death would be considered when Prince is sentenced next month.
He said: “I accept the report by the forensic pathologist that the deceased was stabbed 24 times.
“The accused totally dismembered the deceased.”