City murder: fourth suspect nabbed

2010-11-01 00:00

POLICE investigating the murder of a prominent businessman and popular drag racer in Pietermaritzburg say they have a strong case after arresting a fourth suspect who was found in possession of the murdered victim’s cellphone.

The suspects, who were arrested in two different police raids, have been linked to Kushendran Acharrie’s murder by a cellphone and firearm, which were stolen during his murder.

A fourth suspect, who is the last to be arrested in connection with the crime, was found in possession of Acharrie’s cellphone on Friday. The 32-year-old man, who cannot be named before his court appearance, was nabbed at Imbali’s Unit 13 at about noon.

Acharrie was gunned down in the presence of his wife, Pratisha, while they were leaving their motor mechanic workshop in the early hours of the morning on October 21.

According to the police, two men attacked the couple and tried to hijack their BMW 325i. The attempt was foiled when the car did not start.

The suspects made off with Acharrie’s firearm, wallet and cellphone before leaving Pratisha with her fatally wounded husband.

The three other suspects who have been arrested and made court appearances in connection with the murder are Nhlakanipho Majola (24), Mondli Maphanga (23) and Moreoa Molefe (21).

The three were arrested in Imbali by members of the city project team and dog unit after they had allegedly hijacked a Toyota Corolla, which belonged to Lema Abebe, in the city.

The Corolla crashed as they were trying to flee police.

Molefe, who allegedly tried to escape from police after Majola and Maphanga had been caught, was arrested in his Slangspruit home outside Imbali.

He was allegldly found in possession of Acharrie’s .45 revolver.

It is suspected that the men have been involved in a string of violent hijackings in the city, but police were unable to confirm this.

Police spokesperson Warrant Officer Joey Jeevan said the police are positive that they have made a breakthrough in the murder case since the recovery of the firearm and cellphone.

“So far we think that they were all the people we were looking for. We feel good about the case,” Jeevan said.

She said the fourth suspect will join his co-accused when they appear before the Pietermaritzburg Magistrate’s Court today.

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