2 in court over Muldersdrift murders

2012-09-17 19:36
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Johannesburg - Two men accused of killing a Muldersdrift man during a robbery appeared in the Krugersdorp Magistrate's Court on Monday, police said.

Lieutenant Colonel Katlego Mogale said the two would be back in court on 1 October.

They remained in custody.

She said a third man was in hospital and would appear as soon as he was discharged.

The men were arrested on Friday.

They allegedly robbed and wounded the 50-year-old man on Thursday evening.

Police said the man was with other people outside his home when a barking dog alerted them to a group of men carrying firearms. The robbers entered the house and shot the man seven times. He died in hospital on Saturday.

While police were investigating this robbery, they heard reports of a second attack - in the early hours of Friday morning - in which a television set was stolen.

Police chased a group of men to a field near the N14 Swartkop off-ramp, where a shoot-out ensued.

One of the men was wounded, another ran away, and two others were arrested.

Mogale said the men faced charges of armed robbery and murder, and that police were investigating whether they were part of a gang which killed a 13-year-old girl and wounded her 17-year-old sister and her father in a robbery in the same area two weeks ago.

Police arrested five men in connection with the robbery, but all of them were released because there was not enough evidence against them.

One of the men had a memory card belonging to one of the girls.

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