Penchant for black clothes trips up alleged hitman

2017-08-15 22:42
Inge Chantal Pruis and Freddie Pruis Jr during happier days. (Facebook via Netwerk24)

Inge Chantal Pruis and Freddie Pruis Jr during happier days. (Facebook via Netwerk24)

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Cape Town - An alleged hitman's penchant for black clothes and his black scooter helped an Elsies River policeman track down the man who allegedly tried to kill Cape Town businessman Freddie Pruis jnr. 

The description of the man who stabbed Pruis jnr several times at a business in Bofors Circle, immediately made Lieutenant Colonel Dean Kiewiets think of Angelo Isaacs of Elsies River, Netwerk24 reported.

Isaacs, Pruis' ex-wife Inge Pruis, and her suspected lover Dean Johnson, are facing charges of conspiracy to murder. Isaacs is facing an additional charge of attempted murder.

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They pleaded not guilty to all charges when they appeared in the Regional Court in Parow on Monday.

The State claims Isaacs attacked Pruis jnr. on October 7, 2015.

Attacker named Mr T

Kiewiets testified that the man who attacked Pruis jnr. introduced himself as Mr Tim or Mr T.

He allegedly contacted Pruis jnr. a day or two before the attack and asked for a quote to install solar panels. They agreed to meet around 18:00 at a business in Bofors Circle.

According to Kiewiets, Pruis jnr. said Mr T arrived late. He was dressed in black. On one hand he had a tattoo that resembled a sun with rays. He was apparently wearing a glove on the other hand. He was armed and had handcuffs with him.

Kiewiets testified that Pruis jnr. was uncomfortable with firearms and asked that Mr T put his away. He put it in the scooter’s storage compartment. 

Pruis jnr. told Kiewiets that he saw his alleged attacker drive past his parents’ business, Toscana, in Durbanville, at least twice before. At the time Pruis jnr. did not know that the man’s real name was Angelo Isaacs.

According to Kiewiets, Pruis jnr. described his attacker as well built and stocky. That description, as well as information about the scooter and the tattoo, jolted his memory about a man who had given him information about a business robbery some time before the attack. 

His memory of that man matched the description of Pruis’s alleged attacker. He unfortunately couldn’t remember the man’s name or cellphone number, but he knew where he worked. Kiewiets said he went there twice or thrice, but did not find Isaacs there. A security guard gave him his cellphone number.

True Caller app

"I have the True Caller app on my phone,” Kiewiets told the court.

"When I called the number, the name that came up was Angelo Isaacs. I explained who I was and said I needed his help with the business robbery and whether he would forward me the pictures that he’d sent me. He did that."

Kiewiets testified that he then phoned Pruis jnr. and asked if he’d also received calls from Isaacs’s number.

"Freddie told me that he’d received calls from Mr T after the attack. In the first call, Mr T apparently had made it sound as if they were friends. He said he’d become scared and didn’t answer any more calls.

"He later didn’t answer calls from numbers which weren’t stored on his phone."

The man, at that stage still known as Mr Tim, left a voice message for Pruis jnr. One of them was in the vein of "Freddie, what is going on? I’m not hearing anything from you. You are not keeping your promises. You must be true to your word."

Mr T apparently told Pruis jnr.: "You now have the police involved. Because of that, innocent people can get hurt." According to Kiewiets, the person in the message said it was Mr Tim.

Kiewiets testified that Pruis jnr had asked a friend to look for a profile photo on Mr Tim’s WhatsApp and download it. Pruis jnr. didn’t want to do it himself, because he didn’t want Mr Tim to get hold of his new number.

The friend apparently got hold of the picture and sent it to Pruis jnr. When he showed it to Kiewiets, they realised that Mr Tim and Angelo Isaacs were the same person.

Location map

Kiewiets testified that when he arrested Isaacs, he found a WhatsApp location map and the place where Pruis jnr. was attacked on the cellphone.

Isaacs apparently had sent the location map from his phone to a number stored under his contacts as Mr A. The number saved as Mr A apparently is the same one from which Mr Tim contacted Pruis jnr.

Kiewiets said it was obvious that Isaacs had not wanted to use his own phone and that he sent the information to the number saved as Mr A. 

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