House robbers linked to murder

2008-09-12 00:00

Three men arrested for house robbery in Northdale have also been charged for the murder and armed robbery of Raisethorpe businessman, Irshaad Basheer.

Basheer was shot twice in the chest by one of the two robbers who entered his shop pretending to be customers before they demanded cash.

The three men — Sithembiso Mchunu (20), Jeffrei Mhware (38) and Njabulo Ncwane (24) — were arrested on Monday following a house robbery and the police have confirmed that the men are connected to Basheer’s murder, which happened on August 20, 2008.

The accused appeared in court on Thursday on charges of armed robbery and murder.

Police spokeswoman Joey Jeevan said three heavily armed men entered the house in Casimjee Road, Northdale.

“Thembisile Mweli (44) was at her house when two men armed with handguns entered the house and at gunpoint demanded cash. They searched her handbag, but did not find anything.”

They did take Mweli’s cellphone before fleeing the scene in their getaway vehicle, a white BMW.

When the police were called, they reacted swiftly and were able to spot the white BMW in Delhi Road in Raisethorpe.

“The three men in the car were arrested after Mweli’s cellphone was found in their possession.”

Jeevan said an unlicensed pistol was also found in the vehicle.

Raisethorpe residents were fearful that their suburb had turned into a crime hot spot following Basheer’s death.

On the evening of Basheer’s shooting, two men entered his supermarket pretending to be customers.

After buying something one of them moved to the back of the shop and pointed a firearm at Basheer and demanded cash. It was reported that one of the men fired shots at Basheer before they left the shop. The robbers returned for more money a few minutes afterwards. Basheer was rushed to hospital, but died the following morning.

Jeevan said the recovered gun will be sent to the laboratory for ballistic testing. The accused will appear again in court on September 18. The police said further arrests are imminent.

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