Lakeside Airbnb host allegedly killed by recent guests

South Africa

Tributes have poured in for a Lakeside resident – Patrick Johannes, who was killed in his guest house at the weekend, allegedly by guests he had hosted.

Police spokesperson Captain Frederick van Wyk said investigations are going on to determine the circumstances of his death.

The suspects remain unknown at this stage.

Johannes was apparently stabbed multiple times and that other guests in the house had hidden during the attack and called the police.

His brother, Edward Johannes, told the Cape Times on Sunday that the family had no clear details of the attack.

“My brother’s guest house was broken into in the early hours of Saturday morning.

“What transpired, we are not sure, but he was attacked and killed. There were other people in the house at the time, a foreign couple.

“When I got to the scene, they were already being questioned as part of police investigations. Police couldn’t give us any details,” he said.

An autopsy is being conducted to determine the exact cause of death. Johannes had been a hospitality host through popular online hospitality service Airbnb for the last few years.

Just a day before his death he had hosted guests who got “out of hand”, Edward said.

Airbnb confirmed yesterday that no bookings for the guest house had been made in the past week.

Edward said: “He was always there for people. He was a pillar of strength for his family and community. He was a kind, gentle human being.

“Not just for me, but he was my go-to guy. He was there for everyone. He was an exceptional human being.”

Police have appealed to the public or anyone with information to contact investigating officer Warrant Officer E Ganz at 082 522 1809.


-Cape Times

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