Year’s first murders

2015-01-02 00:00

TWO New Year parties ended in ­tragedy yesterday morning as two men were murdered in two separate incidents in Eastwood.

The first incident occurred an hour into the New Year as a young man walked his friend home from a celebration.

According to a police source who could not be named, they met with a man who began arguing with the victim (23) and then proceeded to stab the victim multiple times.

“The friend tried to intervene and he was stabbed by the suspect too,” said the source.

The victim died in hospital from his injuries while his friend remains in hospital and his condition is unknown.

The source said the man who allegedly stabbed the 23-year-old was arrested and remains at Mountain Rise police station until he appears in court either this morning or next Monday.

In another incident a few kilometres from the stabbing, a man (20) was shot five times and killed.

The source said the incident ­occurred at 3.30 am yesterday morning, when a fight amongst friends broke out.

The victim was stabbed once and shot five times.

ER24 spokesperson Russel Meiring said paramedics arrived on scene and found the young man with multiple shot wounds to his arms and chest.

“No vital signs were showing so we immediately began resuscitation,” he said.

“After 20 minutes, we declared him dead on the scene,” said Meiring.

The source said police officers ­arrested two men Early yesterday morning for their alleged involvement in the shooting and stabbing.

The source said a licensed firearm was used to shoot and kill the 20-year-old and was recovered from the scene.

The two men will remain in a holding cell at the Mountain Rise police ­station.

The are to appear in court either ­today or Monday morning.

• chelsea.pieterse@witness.co.za

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