Reports out of South Africa say a gay man has been killed after going on a date with a person he met over the internet.

The body of Graham Flax, 65, was found under a duvet in the corridor outside his flat in Cape Town last weekend.

According to News24, a police spokesperson said Mr Flax had suffered a hard knock to the head.

“Residents of the building heard how he screamed: ‘Let me go! Let me go!” at about 02:40 on Saturday morning,” said Police Captain Frederick van Wyk.

A laptop and mobile phone were stolen from the flat, which was not locked.

Police have not linked the case to recent reports of a gang targeting gay men by strangling them to death and ransacking their homes in the South African province of Gauteng – but say they are similarities in the cases.

News24 reports a man is due to appear in court in connection with Mr Flax’s death.