Police blitz nets long wanted criminals

2017-11-09 06:00

Nyanga police have made great strides in bringing wanted murderers to book this week, with the arrest of seven culprits.

Three of the suspects were arrested after they allegedly took the law into their own hands, while the other four were as a result of arguments that escalated.

“Five of the seven suspects are appearing in Athlone Magistrate Court today facing charges of murder. Two suspects aged 21 and 22 were arrested on Sunday in Samora Machel.

The pair had assaulted the deceased on Saturday for housebreaking and theft. They were arrested still with blood stained clothes,” said police spokesperson Captain Ntomboxolo Sitshitshi.

She added that two other suspects, 26 and 33, were also arrested on Sunday in Browns Farm for allegedly stabbing their victim that later died in hospital.

“A 34 year old suspect was arrested in Lusaka for stabbing another victim. Another 34 year old suspect appeared at the Athlone Magistrate Court on Monday for a case of attempted murder and murder which had occurred last week.

The suspect was arrested on Friday. Last night another 27-year-old suspect was also arrested after his 44-year-old home boy was robbed and killed yesterday afternoon in White Hart Lane in the Leagues,” she said.

Apparently the deceased was in possession of an undisclosed amount of cash which he was going to use to buy a car.

“The deceased was shot in front of his children by three unknown armed suspects who fled with an Avanza taxi,” she said.

Sitshitshi added that the suspects added to the more than 400 suspects that were arrested in the Nyanga policing precinct which includes five police stations.

“The suspects were apprehended during various integrated operations conducted in the Nyanga Policing Precinct. Of the total arrests twenty were arrested for assault GBH, thirty-one for drugs, six for dealing in liquor, seven for murders and others were apprehended for crimes against women and children.

Other were arrested for armed robbery, attempted murder, possession of stolen property and vehicles, possession of dangerous weapons and imitation firearms and other various offence,” she said. Sitshitshi also said that substantial amounts of drugs and liquor were also confiscated including dangerous weapons.

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