ICD to probe shooting of French fugitives

2011-01-21 22:12

Bloemfontein - A team from the Independent Complaints Directorate was expected to arrive in Sutherland on Friday to investigate the death of a French couple during an apparent shootout with police on a farm.

"They will look into the allegation that people died due to police action," ICD spokesperson Tiyani Sambo said.

He said the directorate has to "probe" the incident because people were killed, allegedly by police officers.

Police were on Friday also looking for the family of the two, believed to be Philippe Menire, 60, and Agnes Jardel, 55.

Northern Cape police spokesperson Hendrik Swart said the investigating officer in the case would look for relatives over the weekend to try and positively identify the pair.

Failing this police would probably ask somebody that knew the couple well to identify them by Monday.

Swart said the matter was now in the hands of the case investigator.

The pair evaded police for nearly a week after they shot and killed a policeman and wounded another after they were called in by Gerhardus du Plessis, owner of the harm Hardie, to help evict the couple from his property.

They had lived on the farm for 12 years.

Police were called to help with the eviction after the farmer expressed concerns about a large number of firearms in the couple's possession.

It was not clear if Menire and Jardel died in the shootout with police, or if they committed suicide in a house less than a kilometre from their old dwelling.

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