Gang appears for string of crimes

2013-06-10 20:59

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Johannesburg - Five men alleged to be behind a string of crimes in Cofimvaba appeared in the local magistrate's court on Monday, said Eastern Cape police.

Police spokesperson Namhla Mdleleni said the suspects attacked an 81-year-old woman in her home in Ndungwana section on Friday night.

"They allegedly demanded money before raping and killing her," said Mdleleni.

The group then proceeded to Qutusa where they attempted to rob and kill a tavern owner. They failed.

"They then kidnapped a 23-year-old woman, who they raped and also killed," said Mdleleni.

Police arrested four of the suspects on Saturday in Cofimvaba.

A fifth suspect was arrested in Cape Town.

The group appeared in the Cofimvaba Magistrate's Court on Monday where they faced charges of attempted murder, murder, kidnapping, robbery, and rape.

"The case was postponed to 19 July for a formal bail application," said Mdleleni.

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