Bloemspruit murder case postponed

2016-10-26 16:48
Magistrates court. (Duncan Alfreds, News24)

Magistrates court. (Duncan Alfreds, News24)

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Bloemfontein – The case against six suspects arrested in connection with two murders in Bloemspruit was postponed on Wednesday, Free State police said.

The six, aged between 20 and 32, appeared briefly in the Bloemfontein Magistrate’s Court, where their case was postponed to November 2 for a formal bail application, said Sergeant Ikobeng Hlubi.

They were arrested following information from residents. They were found in a shack in Phase 9 in the Bloemfontein suburb on Monday morning. Their clothes were covered in blood and four knives were recovered in the dwelling.

The murders were committed in the early hours of Monday. The first victim was found lying in the street and had no identification. The other was found stabbed to death next to his kitchen door.

On Saturday, three people were killed in separate incidents in Bloemspruit. Officers on patrol received information about the body of a man near a house in Phase 10 at 01:40. They found a man in a pool of blood, an empty wallet next to his body. 

He had a stab wound to his chest. Another man was found with a stab wound to the chest in Phase 9 at 07:10, also apparently the victim of a robbery.

A woman was found in a stormwater drain in nearby Grasslands. She had been stabbed in the head and cheek, and her throat had been slit.

Police said investigations would determine if the six people arrested could be linked to all the murders.

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