Murder suspect in custody

2016-07-26 06:00
A wanted criminal in connection with an attempted murder and murder case was apprehended in the Hanover Park area on Thursday 21 July.

A wanted criminal in connection with an attempted murder and murder case was apprehended in the Hanover Park area on Thursday 21 July.

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Metro police and Philippi police officers can pat themselves on the back now that Hanover Park is a bit quieter with one less criminal prowling its streets.

Philippi police spokesperson Captain Lance Goliath says on Thursday 21 July at about 10:00 Metro Police officers received information relating to a suspect wanted for the murder of a four-year-old child.

“While patrolling the streets of Hanover Park, residents approached Metro Police officers with information of a suspect wanted in a case of murder and attempted murder involving a four-year-old child and a 23-year-old man of Hanover Park in December,” Goliath says.

Immediately following up on the leads, police arrested a 26-year-old man in Lansia Walk, Hanover Park. The investigation of the murder and the attempted murder continues as the suspect was set to appear in court yesterday (Monday).

“Strong police presence through an integrated approach, building relationships and gaining more trust from the community of Hanover Park have been high on the agenda as the cluster commander, Major-General Abraham Gregory Goss, has proved the past two weeks.

“(Goss has taken) the lead in engaging with the community of Hanover Park and performing high density patrols and stop-and-searches in the areas where most of the crime is generated – all with the focus of curbing gang violence,” Goliath says.

Since then no incidents of gang violence or shooting have been reported to police, he says.

Goliath says Goss regards this arrest as “a result of restoring trust between police and the community and the commitment of police to eradicate crime”.

V Anyone with information on crime can call the police at 021 690 1500 or Crime Stop at 08600 10111. All information will be treated as highly confidential.

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