News / South Africa

Louise Karsten
1 minute read
15 Apr 2019
11:00 am

Shotgun used in Bowls SA members’ murder-suicide

Louise Karsten

Elma and Trevor Davis were both established members within bowl circles around the country.

The late Trevor and Elma Davis.

Trevor Davis, a member of the executive management of Bowls South Africa, allegedly shot his wife Elma, a Protea bowls player, at their residential complex in Mossel Bay, before turning the gun on himself on Sunday afternoon, reports Mossel Bay Advertiser

The couple were declared dead at the scene. 67-year-old Trevor Davis used a 12 gauge shotgun to shoot 52-year-old Elma before shooting himself.

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Police spokesperson warrant officer Pieter Koekemoer said when they arrived at the Davis’s home in Fijnboschpark, the doors were locked.

Koekemoer said they had to force a door open in order to gain access to the house.

Police and members of the fire department searched the house and found the couple on the floor of the main bedroom.

The couple’s death has sent shock waves through the South African bows community in South Africa.

Elma was selected to represent South Africa to play in a world bowls tournament in Wales next month.

President of the Eden Bowls Jenny Sinclair said the couple’s death is not only a tragic loss to their families, but to the bowls world too.

“They were a well-known and popular couple. We don’t know what went wrong.”

Mossel Bay police, the community policing forum, and the fire department descended on the complex shortly after the incident. 

This article was translated from Afrikaans by Nica Schreuder. 

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