Swift response leads to arrests

2017-05-17 06:00
The recovered unlicensed revolver and ammunition will be sent for ballistic testing to determine whether it was used to commit the murder the trio was arrested for.Photo: supplied

The recovered unlicensed revolver and ammunition will be sent for ballistic testing to determine whether it was used to commit the murder the trio was arrested for.Photo: supplied

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THREE suspects, aged between 18 and 19, were arrested by Glendale SAPS on Sunday for being in possession of an unlicensed firearm, murder and hijacking.

This is according to KZN SAPS spokesperson, Lieutenant-Colonel Thulani Zwane who said a revolver and live ammunition were recovered from the trio.

“Police were conducting an intelligence operation searching for murder suspects after an incident on May 1.

“A 23-year-old man was at the river fetching water and while he was loading water containers onto a bakkie, three unknown males arrived.

“They allegedly pointed a firearm at him demanding the keys to the bakkie and asking the victim to hand over his belongings.

“In the process, the suspects allegedly shot the victim, threw him into the river and sped off,” Zwane said.

He said police were alerted and upon arrival found the victim with gunshot wounds.

“He was transported to the hospital where he died on arrival.

“A case of murder and car hijacking was opened at Glendale police station for investigation.

“As soon as the investigation commenced, the bakkie was recovered at Mansomini,” he said.

Zwane said the firearm which was recovered from the three suspects will be sent for ballistic testing to determine whether it was used in the killing of the bakkie owner.

“The suspects will be charged for possession of unlicensed firearm, murder and car hijacking.

“They will appear at KwaDukuza Magistrate’s Court soon,” he said.

KwaZulu-Natal Acting Provincial Commissioner, Major General Bheki Langa commended Glendale police for swiftly arresting the murder suspects.

“The arrested suspects will be profiled and checked if they are not wanted for any other hijackings in the province.

“Investigators will ensure that a well-prepared docket is presented to the court for a successful prosecution,” he said.

 

THREE suspects aged between 18 and 19 were arrested by members of the Glendale SAPS on Sunday on charges of being in possession of an unlicensed firearm, murder and hijacking.

This is according to KZN SAPS spokesperson, Lieutenant Colonel Thulani Zwane who said a revolver and live ammunition were recovered from the trio.

“Police were conducting an intelligence operation searching for murder suspects after an incident that occurred last week, May 1. A 23-year-old man was at the river fetching water and whilst he was loading water containers into the bakkie, three unknown males emerged. They allegedly pointed a firearm at him demanding the keys to the bakkie and for the victim to hand over his belongings. In the process, the suspects allegedly shot the victim, threw him into the river and sped off,” Zwane said.

He said police were alerted and upon arrival, police found the victim with gunshot wounds. 

“He was transported to the hospital for medical attention where he died on arrival. A case of murder and car hijacking was opened at Glendale police station for investigation. As soon as the investigation commenced, the bakkie was recovered at Mansomini area,” he said.

Zwane said the firearm which was recovered from the three suspects will be sent for ballistic testing to determine whether it was used in the killing of the bakkie owner.

“The suspects will be charged for possession of unlicensed firearm, murder and car hijacking. They will appear at KwaDukuza Magistrates’ Court soon,” he said.

KwaZulu-Natal Acting Provincial Commissioner, Major General Bheki Langa commended Glendale police on swiftly arresting the murder suspects.

“The arrested suspects will be profiled and checked if they are not wanted for any other hijackings in the province. Investigators will ensure that a well-prepared docket is presented to the court for a successful prosecution,” he said.

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