Pregnant mother is hacked to death in her bed and her husband repeatedly stabbed by attackers during romantic break at luxury South African resort
- Karen Turner was asleep with husband Matthew, 33, when they were attacked
- They were staying at Hluleka Nature Reserve on the Wild Coast with son Hayden
- School teacher Karen, 31, was three months pregnant at the time of her death
A pregnant mother was hacked to death in her bed and her husband was repeatedly stabbed by attackers during a luxury break at a South African resort.
Karen Turner – who was said to be three months pregnant – was asleep with her husband Matthew, 33, and their toddler son Hayden when they were attacked at about 3am.
The family had booked into the Hluleka Nature Reserve on the Wild Coast in the Eastern Cape when two men armed with knives sneaked into their self-contained chalet overlooking the beach.
It is believed school teacher Karen, 31, died almost instantly in a hail of knife blows as husband Matthew, who was stabbed several times, chased off the two attackers.
Karen Turner, 31, was asleep with her husband Matthew, 33, when the family was attacked at the Hluleka Nature Reserve in the Eastern Cape (Pictured: Karen and Matthew Turner on their wedding day)
The horrific attack on the South African family left Matthew a widower and his 23-month-old son motherless.
It comes just days before Prince Harry is due to fly into South Africa with his wife Meghan and son Archie.
The royal couple are taking their son on a tour to visit Harry’s ‘favourite place in the world’ – where crime is spiralling out of control with over 21,000 murders and 45,000 rapes carried out last year.
The army is currently deployed on the streets in townships on the outskirts of Cape Town to try and prevent more killings.
It is believed school teacher Karen – who was three months pregnant – died almost instantly in a hail of knife blows (Pictured: Karen, Matthew and their son Hayden)
South African Police say they have one suspect they are trying to trace and said that his arrest will be made very shortly and that the second man will then be traced after the stabbings in Ngqeleni.
Police spokesperson Captain Dineo Koena confirmed a 31-year-old woman was murdered in the early hours of Tuesday and her husband receive serious knife wounds to the stomach.
Karen’s older brother Ian Crouch told News24 that he had spoken to his brother-in-law when he came out of life saving surgery after being airlifted to Pietermaritzburg Hospital.
He said: ‘Matthew’s recollection was that he was woken up by being stabbed in the stomach by a guy on his side of the bed and there was another chap stabbing my sister.
The family had booked into the nature reserve (pictured) for a holiday to celebrate Karen’s 31st birthday on the cliffs that overlook the Indian Ocean
‘He said he managed to sort of grab the guy and there was a tussle down the stairs’ he said.
Mr Crouch drove to the scene which he described as a ‘blood bath’ and said the balcony door was open and the windows on latches as it was a hot night and there was no forced entry.
He confirmed it appeared nothing had been stolen and their mobiles were by their bed.
Timber merchant Mr Crouch also confirmed his sister, who taught at Underberg Primary School in their home town in KwaZulu-Natal province, was about three months pregnant.
Both mother and her unborn child were killed in the attack which turned the bedroom, stairs and downstairs into a bloodbath as the brave husband chased off the two men.
The couple lived in Underberg where they had just bought a home together on the farm that husband Matthew manages
Karen’s older brother Ian Crouch described the scene as a ‘blood bath’ and confirmed the balcony door had been left open on the hot night
The couple lived in Underberg where they had just bought a home together on the farm that husband Matthew manages. They had been married in July 2017 and Hayden was born four months later.
Friends of the couple who were on holiday with them were awoken by the sounds of a struggle and the baby boy Hayden screaming and hammered on the door and stabbed Matthew answered covered in blood.
A family friend of the couple’s child Hayden was fortunately unhurt in the horror attack.
Mr Turner was airlifted by helicopter to hospital but nothing could be done to save his wife and unborn child,
Eastern Cape Parks and Tourism Agency CEO Vuyani Dayimani said: ‘The two guests were booked in from Monday to Thursday and police were called after a stabbing incident.
‘The police have confirmed one visitor passed away and another is in hospital.
‘As an agency who manage the reserve we are shocked that his taken place in one of our flagship coastal reserves as the safety and security of our guests is our key priority’.