Murder suspects caught after shoot-out

2012-08-14 17:00

Johannesburg - A woman and four boys suspected of killing an elderly farmer have been arrested after a shoot-out and high-speed chase in Knysna, Western Cape police said on Tuesday.

Police arrested the four, aged between 12 and 17, and a 22-year-old woman driving an Isuzu Frontier in the Plettenberg Bay area towards Knysna, Captain Malcolm Pojie said in a statement.

A provincial traffic officer saw the vehicle on Beacon Valley road on Monday evening and noticed it had no number plates.

"He gave chase as the suspicious vehicle sped away in the direction of Knysna," Pojie said.

As the vehicle neared Kwanokuthula, the occupants opened fire on the officer, forcing him to follow at a safer distance. He called for back-up and was joined by the Knysna police and another traffic officer.

"As the vehicle entered Knysna, the driver lost control near the George Rex junction with the N2.

It overturned, careered down the steep embankment and landed in a ditch," Pojie said.

Inside the vehicle were a woman and four boys. The woman and two of the boys suffered serious injuries and were taken to hospital under police guard. The other two were taken to the Knysna police station.

Police believed a sixth passenger managed to run away.

He is believed to be 22 years old, of medium build and dressed in a white, Hi-Tech top. He may have sustained facial injuries in the accident.

"The suspect is regarded to be armed and dangerous and should not be confronted," Pojie said.

Police found a shotgun and five hunting rifles with ammunition as well as suspected stolen items such as cameras, binoculars, clothing, liquor, and cash.

Pojie said the stolen items and the vehicle were the property of a 70-year-old Jansenville farmer, Owen Charles, who was killed in a farm robbery on Sunday night.

His wife was critically injured.

  • clara.viljee - 2012-08-14 17:13

    You ugly, not worth living low lifes -may you get what is coming to you.

      mihaip007 - 2012-08-14 17:35

      WOW - the description is killing me! "He is believed to be 22 years old, of medium build and dressed in a white, Hi-Tech top. He may have sustained facial injuries in the accident." What colour is he? oh wait: there was no colour mentioned - I KNOW the colour LOL

      squeegee.pilot - 2012-08-14 17:53

      Public televised punishment. Anyone agree? Somehow we must make violent crime unattractive.

      irene.buthelezi.1 - 2012-08-14 18:05

      Pity the entire bunch in the Isuzu wasn't wiped out in the accident. If the one piece of slime was only 12 years old, imagine what it'll be like when it grows up!

      christo.t.ferreira - 2012-08-14 18:21

      Hang the rubbish and it's time the cops learn to shoot head shots

      theO rAcLe - 2012-08-14 19:14

      Amazing that if you mention colour you will be making racist remarks, so when the most important description is left out it is done so purposely. WOW the first thing to recognise someone by is by their colour. Funny how we all automatically know the colour.

      wesleywt - 2012-08-14 20:01

      Both the murderers who were caught and the racist on this thread are exactly the same. Unthinking animals who go through life contributing nothing. I hope both of these animals go extinct one day. Can we please swop these buffoons with rhino or something useful?

  • maseratifittipaldi - 2012-08-14 17:14

    Good work, SAPS !

      lebogang.molefo - 2012-08-14 17:43

      Hopefully the courts will do their part by making sure they don't get away with it....

  • frankie.dionisio - 2012-08-14 17:16

    they must all be locked up for good,minors or not,FINNISH and KLAAR***

  • BigChiefPlumbPudding - 2012-08-14 17:20

    Well done to SAPS and Prov Traffic. Excellent work.

  • emile.marais - 2012-08-14 17:23

    'Kids' killing the elderly, what a fine country this is...

  • chris.debeer1 - 2012-08-14 17:32

    Hang the SCUM!!! killing a 70 year old man!!!

      Piet - 2012-09-13 10:27

      I agree. Just be carefull what you wish for under this goverment, because they will not hang the real criminals....

  • willem.dehaan.94 - 2012-08-14 17:34

    It would help with the identification of the escaped suspect if we were told whether he is white or black or indian or couloured, They are different, you know.

      nettie.potgieter.5 - 2012-08-14 17:40

      Willem at least we know they are not white for it would have been mention in the articel.

      gail.rieck.9 - 2012-08-14 17:40

      All black...if they were white, the race would have been mentioned! The race of the two white guys who killed the muslim chap was mentioned. If the race of a perpetrator is not mentioned, you can bet it's BLACK!!!!!

      patricia.dewet.92 - 2012-08-14 17:50

      To know the colour, race, a lot of people can be eliminated.

      ianmichaelcalder - 2012-08-14 18:02

      Eugene, You are saying they are speculating and as such a retards. Your very next statement is that they must be Boeremag? Being tired of racial stereotyping myself, I can see your point, but seriously, following it with a stupid comment like that only makes you look like the nob here.

      irene.buthelezi.1 - 2012-08-14 18:08

      @ratsaka ~ You again? Always on the pity party and always innocent like pure virgin snow hey? They don't need to mention the race because we all know what type and class would do something like this. No guessing here. By the way, your Boeremag comments are getting really boring now. Pity it's all you have to cling on to.

      wesleywt - 2012-08-14 20:11

      Hey dummies. You can only identify suspects through a picture or a sketch. How will you morons be able to identify someone from purely skin colour. You only want to know to satisfy your little animal brain with more confirmation of your bias.

      wesleywt - 2012-08-15 03:24

      7 dummies so far too afraid to respond? How do you identify someone from their skin colour alone? Come on. Tell me.

      grant.montgomery.5074 - 2012-08-15 06:06

      @Weslylt, try reading report. Information was given about the cothing and that the suspect may have facial injuries so who's the dummy?

  • Erna - 2012-08-14 17:36

    Children and already murderers!

  • stampalex - 2012-08-14 17:43

    I now officially regret I ever voted "yes" in the 1990 referendum... What we thought was the right thing to do has turned into a bloody awful mess and unleashed the scum of the earth as they plunder and murder their way to failure.

      irene.buthelezi.1 - 2012-08-14 18:36

      @stampalex ~ +1

      Piet - 2012-09-13 10:37

      Haaallloooooooo, to late now I would say!!! I knew then what would happen to this country, its not rocket science, you just could have looked at Zimbabwe and every other black goverment country in Africa to have figured that out..... Thanks for this bloody awful mess we are in now!!

  • rupert.vansittert - 2012-08-14 17:45

    @willem.dehaan: he's probably black - if he was white, coloured or indian they would have mentioned it... Where's the old days when minibus taxis transported occupants and not people...

  • keighleyann.bell - 2012-08-14 17:48

    Aged between 12 and 17 years old...rifles, robbery, harm unto another human being, murder, shooting at the police...and they say crime stats are down in SA?!? You've got to be joking!!!

      mark.shires.96 - 2012-08-14 19:19

      I am a farmer in the area. Know the family well. With the ages varying between 12 and 17 they will more than likely be institutionalised for a few years and then be released. In the meantime we have lost a husband, father,grandfather and friend. Thoughts and condolances to the Charles family.

      wesleywt - 2012-08-14 20:13

      My condolences to the family Mark.

      Lenisto - 2012-08-17 22:37

      I'm also from Jansenville and it is for the first time I've heard of such tragedy of a farm attack particularly in Jansenville, I mean not even our grandparents nor our parents who worked for this well known old man had done such but these pigs had to do this filthy attack. This is disturbing! Jansenville is one of the Eastern Cape's INFACT South Africa's most peaceful Towns. It is the residents onus to rest assure that this horrific, criminal behaviour will not be tolerated in our community. I therefore, urge the community to strongly condemn the 'outrageous' and disturbing behaviour of these boys.

  • louise.cook.127 - 2012-08-14 17:54

    Good work, SAPS!

  • morne.nortier.98 - 2012-08-14 17:55

    South Africa, you are allowing this to happen. Once this simple truth is realised, change will happen.

      blumushroom - 2012-08-14 18:10

      Yeah keep your fingers crossed .We can't stand together

  • kobus.jacobs.180 - 2012-08-14 17:57

    Why is the colour of the suspects not mentioned. The suspects that killed the muslim guy in the North West were immediately identified as being white!!!!! I suppose it is politically incorrect or am I wrong!?!?!?

      ratsaka.eugene - 2012-08-14 18:06

      Hmmmm, typical, sooooo typical

      jason.simpson.714655 - 2012-08-14 18:14

      Well 99% of violent criminals are black so use your imagination.

      irene.buthelezi.1 - 2012-08-14 18:36

      @ratsaka ~ Shame boy, you don't like facts hey?

  • louise.cook.127 - 2012-08-14 18:00

    Thx for the warning - we won't appraoch him seeing his dangerous and armed. My neighbour is also dangerous and armed (when intruders come into the area to steal cars in the middle of the night.) My neighbour is a white person - I suppose this guy is too?

  • rob.tubbs.39 - 2012-08-14 18:01

    As young as they are this scum deserve the death penalty. They will 're-offend' when released on bail/remission. If you are 'hungry' you steal a loaf of bread, you do not go around killing people. Good to see the SAPS were 'pro-active' - they deserve praise. Well done boys (and possibly girls)...

  • avril.powrie - 2012-08-14 18:03

    The 3rd farm killing I read about today. Is this a trend?

      blumushroom - 2012-08-14 18:08

      If you don't realise this long ago you ate retarted

      emilyjane.elson - 2012-08-14 18:33

      Mushroom, mind your mouth and learn to spell! Who's the RETARD??

      jason.simpson.714655 - 2012-08-14 18:55

      @ blumushroom. You're a bit of an idjit arent you?

      mark.shires.96 - 2012-08-14 19:40

      If you do not believe it is a trend go to

  • isabel.ashe.7 - 2012-08-14 18:13

    Yes good work SAP...We need more like you doing there jobs that we pay for..Dont worry about colour....They were caught... only one got away.. they will talk and he will be found..

  • Gerald Jordaan - 2012-08-14 18:15

    Savages with sh*t for brains !!

  • beki.khumalo - 2012-08-14 18:38

    Animals! Filth! These things should have died when the car rolled! 70 year old man, how much of a threat could he have been to be killed? And the old lady also attacked! I'll never understand the mind of a criminal, never.

      Wally Walters - 2012-08-15 13:21

      that is the scum of the earth killing our farmers and on top of it they are reckoned as heroes

  • eugene.henriques.9 - 2012-08-14 18:53

    Put all of them in front of a firing squad like they do in the east.

  • Zahir - 2012-08-14 18:54

    Killing our old folk I hope the women and boys die from their injuries asap

  • ntakadzenit - 2012-08-14 19:48

    let them rot in jail or slice them alive to give them some pain.

  • grant.montgomery.5074 - 2012-08-15 06:17

    To matters worse, the boys aged between 12 and 17 will not see one day in a holding cell or prison. Think about the guy who heped to murder ET.

  • andrew.wallis.104 - 2012-08-15 11:35

    22 yr old suspect was released by Zuma after breaking into very same farm house cpl of months ago! Ur the criminals president not mine!just how many of ur non violent parolees have committed murder after the get out of jail free card?

  • kath.calthorpe - 2012-08-15 12:34

    It is with great sadness that I read yet another article showcasing yet another senseless murder in South Africa. The drums of Africa reverberate deep in my soul, as an expat South African. I have second-guessed my decision to pursue a career in another country every day since I have left the mother country. I am now certain that all of those who sacrificed in the name of democracy, liberation and humanity are dismayed with how it has turned out. Only South Africa can heal itself, and I guess that South Africans don't want it badly enough. What was once seen as the epitome of reconciliation and temperance, is now seen as the laughing stock of the world. I am angry that I had to move to another country, because unchecked crime threatened my family, and my life. Enough is enough. Once the criminals have killed allthe farmers, doctors, nurses, scientists, social workers, police force, teachers; they will have destroyed all the mentors and income generators who are sorely needed to carry the millions who still live in poverty, still have no schools, still have no promised free home, and still have no role models that they can aspire to be. To say I'm sad would be an understatement. I'm disappointed that my country of birth is not living up to it's promise as the shining light in a world that needs all the help it can get. It all boils down to respect, and unless all citizens respect and value each other regardless of creed, income and social standing the cause is lost.

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