Suspected killers arrested

2011-11-11 00:00

FOUR suspects believed to be part of a gang that killed two people in the space of five days during four armed robberies were arrested by the Port Shepstone tactical response team in Mehlomnyama on Wednesday.

Lieutenant-Colonel Zandra Wiid expressed concern about the attacks. She said police have worked hard in their investigations and the swift arrests of the men were welcomed.

On Tuesday night two men in their twenties were shot at a residence in Louisiana at around 7.30 pm. One man died as a result of the shooting and the other was taken to hospital where he is in a stable condition. Both victims were shot in the face.

Cases of attempted murder and murder are being investigated.

Just after 1.30 pm on Tuesday a business in Mehlomnyama was robbed by a gang of armed men.

“Five men allegedly entered a shop in Qwabe location and threatened the owners of the shop with a firearm.”

The robbers assaulted three Chinese nationals and two other men, clubbing them with a firearm.

“Five cellphones and cash were taken from the victims,” Wiid said. The victims were taken to hospital for treatment. A case of business robbery has been opened for investigation.

Just after midnight on Sunday a 50-year-old woman was stabbed in the back of her neck during an attack by a group of men.

The woman was walking from a tavern in Louisiana at the time. The attackers feld with her cellphones and money .

Wiid said, “The victim took police back to a tavern and was able to point out two of the suspects from the gang that attacked her. They were detained and her cellphone was recovered.”

Siphesihle Mhlaluka and Songezo Sophazi appeared in Port Shepstone Magistrate’s Court on Tuesday charged with robbery. The case was adjourned to November 14 for further investigation. They will remain in custody.

The Witness reported on Monday that a middle-aged man was killed in his home in St Faith’s, Louisiana, in the early hours of last Friday morning. Frederick Jorgensen (56) was killed with two stab wounds to his chest after a gang of armed men barged into his home just after midnight.

Wiid said that Jorgensen and his wife were asleep when the gang forced opened the burglar guard and gained entry into the house.

“The wife of the deceased was forced to hand over keys to the safe. She was left unharmed but in a state of shock.”

The gang fled with cellphones and cash. “We are investigating the possibility that the same group is involved in all these cases,” said Wiid.

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