Two in court for man’s disappearance

2015-08-06 06:01

JEAN Pierre Haggard (24) and Riaan Marais (27) of Sea Park, appeared in the Port Shepstone Magistrate’s Court on Monday, for kidnapping Pradeep Mahabeer.

It is alleged that Mahabeer, from Marburg, went missing from home on 2 July.

His white VW Golf was also missing from his home. Warrant Officer Rams Ramphul of the Port Shepstone SAPS, who investigates missing persons inquiries, exhausted all avenues in his search for the missing man.

Meanwhile, Port Shepstone detectives were investigating the theft of two flat-screen TVs from a house in Umtentweni in June.

Marais was taken in for questioning and the investigation of a theft case took a major turn, leading investigators to another suspect and the missing man’s VW Golf in Gauteng.

Port Shepstone police linked up with the Thembisa SAPS who arrested Haggard in Kempton Park and recovered the allegedly stolen VW Golf on Wednesday, 29 July.

Marais was arrested on Friday and both accused were charged with kidnapping and detained until their court appearance.

Investigations peaked when Marais led detectives to a secluded site in the bushes close to the Umkomaas river where skeletal remains were recovered and taken to the Port Shepstone state mortuary.

Tissue samples were obtained for forensic analysis to positively identify the deceased.

The charges being investigated by Detective Warrant Officer Jabulani Mdluli of the Port Shepstone SAPS Detective Service, include kidnapping, theft, robbery and murder.

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