Scrumpy jack murder: two suspects arrested

2010-09-17 00:00

A YEAR after the murder of Drakensberg businessman Len Hodson — co-owner of Scrumpy Jacks farmstall near Winterton — members of the Pietermaritzburg Organised Crime Unit have arrested two suspects.

The two men, aged 28 and 23, are both from the Loskop district in the area where the crime was committed. Acting on information, police this week traced one of the suspects to Soweto, while the other was arrested at Loskop.

The Witness was told the suspects have co-operated with the police investigation.

Hodson was shot dead on September 13 last year in what was believed to have been a botched robbery attempt at Scrumpy Jacks.

His business partner, Deon Stewart, told The Witness at the time he believed that armed men entered the store and held up Hodson, who resisted and was shot.

In another shocking twist to the incident, Hodson’s Swiss girlfriend and her brother were hijacked by five men and abandoned on a lonely road near Thornville just hours after landing in Durban to attend Hodson’s memorial service.

The pair met the hijackers at Umlaas Road petrol station at night and one of them offered to drive in front of them to point out the road they should take to where they were going to stay.

About six kilometres along the Richmond road the siblings were held up at gunpoint and robbed of all their goods including money and passports.


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