Accused leads cops to missing man’s remains

2015-08-05 10:55
Pradeep Mahabeer was reported missing in June. Almost a month later, police found skeletal remains inear the Umkomaas River, which they believe are Mahabeer’s.

Pradeep Mahabeer was reported missing in June. Almost a month later, police found skeletal remains inear the Umkomaas River, which they believe are Mahabeer’s. (Supplied)

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INVESTIGATIONS into the disappearance of Port Shepstone resident Pradeep Mahabeer took a sudden turn last week when police were led to the skeletal remains of a body believed to be that of the missing man.

Mahabeer was reported missing from his home on July 2. His white Volkswagen was also missing.

Police spokesperson Colonel Jay Naicker said a Riaan Marais (27) was taken in for questioning by Port Shepstone detectives investigating the theft of two flatscreen televisions from a house in Umtentweni in late June. Investigations led the police to another suspect, Jean Pierre Haggard (24), who was found in possession of Mahabeer’s vehicle in Gauteng.

“Port Shepstone police linked up with the Tembisa SAPS who arrested Jean Pierre Haggard in Kempton Park and recovered the allegedly stolen VW Golf on Wednesday, July 29. Marais was arrested on July 31 and both accused were charged and detained until their court appearance,” said Naicker.

He said Marais later led detectives to a secluded site close to the Umkomaas River where skeletal remains were recovered and taken to the Port Shepstone state mortuary.

Haggard and Marais appeared in the Port Shepstone Magistrate’s Court on Monday, facing charges of kidnapping, theft, robbery and murder. They were remanded until their next court appearance

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