Artist De Menezes’ murderers to remain in custody

2014-01-03 00:00

THE seven men arrested in connection with the murder of renowned international artist Clinton de Menezes (43) in Westville will remain in custody till their formal bail application on January 9.

They appeared in the Pinetown Magistrate’s Court yesterday.

De Menezes, who lived in Nairobi, Kenya, was on a two-week holiday with his wife Nicola and seven-year-old daughter Eva for Christmas and to celebrate their first wedding anniversary when he was shot in the heart during a home invasion at a friend’s house in the early hours of December 31.

He was killed as several men, some armed, forced their way into the home on Waterfall Avenue, stealing handbags, wallets, a laptop and cellphones.

But within hours of the murder the Durban Metro Dog Unit, SAPS and traffic police arrested four suspects who had used a meter taxi to escape with the stolen goods. Police seized a 9 mm pistol and a toy gun believed to have been used in the robbery. Just hours later, another five men were arrested. At least three of the men are from the Congo. One suspect is believed to be the ringleader of a syndicate operating in the in the Westville, Pinetown and Malvern areas.

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