Suspect arrested for police killing

2019-01-30 06:01
: Const. Musa Hans who was const. Dwane Kemp’s partner, gives Kemp’s stepdaughter, Jadyn, a hug at his funeral on Saturday.Photo: Facebook

: Const. Musa Hans who was const. Dwane Kemp’s partner, gives Kemp’s stepdaughter, Jadyn, a hug at his funeral on Saturday.Photo: Facebook

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A MAN suspected of gunning down a police officer during an armed robbery a week ago in Port Elizabeth was arrested on Sunday after a six-day manhunt.

According to Brigadier Hangwani Mulaudzi, Hawks Spokesperson, the suspect (24) was arrested by the Hawks’ serious organised investigation unit at his parents’ residence in Algoa Park, PE.

He is accused of being part of a group of robbers that fatally shot Const. Dwane Kemp (31) during a robbery at the Le Bon bakery in Central on Monday last week.

A shootout ensued when flying squad member Kemp and his partner Const. Musa Hans arrived at the scene where the robbery was in progress. Four of the suspects were shot dead, while the fifth suspect managed to escape.  

According to police three firearms were recovered at the scene and have been sent for ballistics testing to establish if they had been used in other crimes.

Kemp died in hospital just hours after the deadly confrontation and a manhunt was launched for the remaining suspect.

The suspect was due to appear at the New law courts in Port Elizabeth yesterday, January 29. He faces charges of murder, attempted murder, business robbery, possession of a firearm without a licence, and the possession of ammunition without a licence to possess a firearm capable of discharging such ammunition. At time of PE Express going to print details of his court appearance were not yet known.

The national head of the Hawks, Lieutenant General Godfrey Lebeya, hailed the members for the arrest.

Kemp’s funeral took place at the NG Kerk Hoogland in Charlo on Saturday. Hundreds of people lined Walter Road during the procession out of respect for Kemp and to take a stance against crime.

The service was attended by police minister Bheki Cele, Provincial police commissioner Lieutenant-general Liziwe Ntshinga, and other high ranking police officers.

After the service Hans, on behalf of the PE Flying Squad, handed Kemp’s stepdaughter, Jadyn, a necklace with a photo of her and one of Kemp.

Kemp also leaves behind his wife Candice, an unborn son, Coltyn, as well as his parents, two brothers and a sister. – REPORTER

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