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2 in court over Muldersdrift murders

2012-09-17 19:36

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.

Comments
  • Anthea - 2012-09-17 20:09

    They shot and wounded one? What has happened to the SAPS shooting skills? Off you go to the shooting range for practice...

      irene.buthelezi.1 - 2012-09-17 20:41

      And to think they had all those moving targets at Marikana and never grabbed the opportunity!

  • raj.maharaj.520 - 2012-09-17 21:26

    @\ Police arrested five men in connection with the robbery, but all of them were released because there was not enough evidence against them.\r\n\r\nOne of the men had a memory card belonging to one of the girls \.\r\n\r\n I don't understand, can someone please explain if identification parades and if the charge of being in possession of a stolen item still exist? Well I guess by the time the investigators gather all the evidence against these suspects they will be long gone and very difficult to re-arrest them.

  • bradley.kecskes - 2012-09-18 10:04

    "Like I always say, a polite society is an armed society"

  • richard.bernardo.982 - 2012-09-18 12:17

    Police do their job and the courts release them! No wonder police morale is at an all time low. Justice Ministry is failing South African citizens. Imagine how fustrated the detectives are, arresting the criminals bringing them before court only to be released a day later. The criminals are laughing at the Police and courts, that is why such horrendous crimes continue to occur on a daily basis. How can a magistrate release them if a the memory card was found in their possesion?? At the very least remand them in custody till further investigation! By know they already in another part of SA planning or commiting the next murder/robbery. May it be on the magistates conscience and the innocent victims blood on his/her hands. My theory is that the jails are full and the Correctional department has instructed the Dept of Justice/magistates to keep the conviction rate low as the jails are overcrowded as it is.

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