Breakthrough in Bain murder

2019-02-06 06:00
Kelly Bain, the 26-year-old mother who was murdered in July last year.  Photo: FACEBOOK

Kelly Bain, the 26-year-old mother who was murdered in July last year. Photo: FACEBOOK

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POLICE have made a major breakthrough in the murder of Kelly Bain (26), after a 27-year-old suspect, Sizwe Jika, who is already in custody for various other crimes, was linked through DNA to the murder of Bain.

Bain was murdered in her townhouse in Brymore in July last year, while her one-month-old baby was sleeping.

Jika, who is in custody for another murder, allegedly committed in May 2018, has also been linked to the murder and robbery of an elderly woman, Ann Smit (86), which took place May 2018 in Kamma Park.

Smit was brutally assaulted in her home and later died in hospital.

Jika was first arrested on September 21, 2018, when two suspicious men were taken in for questioning and profiled by Walmer members after they were found in the Charlo area (Adam Road).

According to police spokesperson, Colonel Priscilla Naidu, the men could not account for their presence as this area is a hot spot area for housebreakings.

“They were brought to the police station for further profiling. While the detective officer was busy verifying the fingerprints of one of the suspects (Jika), he jumped through the open window and ran away.

On Wednesday, October 3, 2018, Jika was arrested in Aliwal North with the assistance of the Aliwal North Operation Command Centre, after information was received.

“Months of investigation and the collection of forensic evidence resulted in the linkage between this particular suspect and the murder of Kelly Bain and Ann Smit,” Naidu said.

Jika has since appeared in the Port Elizabeth Magistrate’s Court on Monday, February 4, for eight other housebreaking cases allegedly committed between March and July 2018 in the Kabega Park, Humewood and Mount Road areas.

He has also appeared in court for the murder of Kelly Bain on Monday.

The case was postponed to February 28 and he will remain in custody.

Jika was previously found guilty in 12 other cases of housebreaking and theft committed since 2007.

Naidu said, “His case of escaping from lawful custody is also pending. His next court appearance for the Smit murder is later this month.”

The Provincial Commissioner, Lieutenant-General Liziwe Ntshinga, has applauded the thorough investigations by the Mount Road Cluster Trio Detective Task Team in ensuring yet another success against a ‘habitual criminal’.

Ntshinga said, “We will be working closely with the National Prosecuting Authority to make sure that this suspect receives his rightful punishment.

“Our detectives are also busy trying to link him to previous cold cases in the cluster.

“We have thus far achieved excellent results by linking the suspect to many serious and violent cases allegedly committed in the Nelson Mandela Metro.”

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