Two arrested in murder of four

2015-05-05 07:18
The two firearms were confiscated from two suspects in the Grassy Park area after police chased the suspects who tried to evade arrest.

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The two firearms were confiscated from two suspects in the Grassy Park area after police chased the suspects who tried to evade arrest. PHOTO: Supplied

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Two suspects have been arrested for the four murders that occurred in Parkwood on Saturday 25 April.

Grassy Park police spokesperson Warrant Officer Wynita Kleinsmith says both suspects are being detained at Grassy Park police station.

“A 23-year-old suspect of Parkwood was arrested on Monday 27 April during the ­afternoon,” Kleinsmith says. He was scheduled to appear at the Wynberg Magistrate’s Court on a murder charge on Wednesday last week.

She adds the second suspect handed himself over to the police.

“The second suspect, aged 24, was arrested on Tuesday 28 April at about 13:50,” Kleinsmith says.

The arrests come after the four murders were committed in Kestrell Way on Saturday 25 April at about 00:15.

“At a residence in Anglier Court officers were informed by a bystander that people had been shot,” Kleinsmith says.

The police found three men and one woman with multiple gunshot wounds to their bodies. They were declared dead on the scene. Twelve cartridges were found.

One of the men was identified as a gang member from Southfield.

In another incident, police had to exchange fire with two gang members.

“On Monday 27 April police were patrolling in Klip Road when they saw two known suspects walking in the direction of Buck Road, Lotus River. When the suspects saw the police van they walked faster while the police members approached them,” Kleinsmith says.

Kleinsmith says the suspects then “put their hands in their pockets and took out firearms”.

“The one police member chased after the one suspect and the other member after the second suspect.

“One of the suspects then ran and fired shots at one of the members but the police member returned fire.”

Kleinsmith says the suspect then disappeared out of sight as he ran over a bridge.

The suspect, aged 23, was later arrested at 21:00.

“The officer ordered the suspect to put [the firearm] down. The member then heard that his colleague was chasing the other suspect and that shots were fired. The member then arrested the suspect and put him in the van,” Kleinsmith explains.

A firearm, a Walter 7.65 pistol with serial number 324533 with one mag and eight rounds, was confiscated. The suspect was arrested for possession of an illegal firearm and ammunition.

The second suspect was arrested at 21:30.

“Operation combat members were searching for the second suspect that shot at the police member when the suspect was spotted.

“A member approached the suspect and arrested him and found an Astra .38 special with serial number R22334 with six live .38 special rounds,” Kleinsmith says.

The 27-year-old suspect was arrested on charges of possession of an illegal firearm and ammunition. The two suspects are linked to the possession of a firearm and ammunition and the attempted murder of a police member.

“Both suspects belong to a rival gang of Ottery,” Kleinsmith adds

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