Person charged with 'suspected stolen property' after Tokai Forest killing

2016-03-10 16:00
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Cape Town – A fourth person is expected to appear in court for possession of suspected stolen property following the murder of Franziska Blöchliger, Western Cape police confirmed.

Lieutenant Colonel Andre Traut said the appearance would take place at Wynberg Magistrate’s Court on Friday.

He did not confirm whether the charge was linked to teen’s iPhone that was taken following her murder in Tokai Forest on Monday.

Three men were arrested on a murder charge earlier in the week. They were expected to appear in the same court on Friday.

Traut said there was a possibility that the trio, aged 22 to 27, could face additional charges going ahead.

It emerged on Thursday that three Westlake residents were apparently arrested with the assistance of the community.

Dave Barnes, general manager of the Westlake United Church Trust (WUCT), said rumours about the iPhone being peddled began surfacing after the teen’s murder on Monday afternoon.

“Three would-be sellers approached a number of people who all turned it down. Apple products are ‘hot’ and people don’t want to buy them,” he said on Thursday.

It was understood that the trio then allegedly approached a foreign national on Tuesday to sell him the phone for R200.

“He switched it on to make sure it worked, the locating signal went off and police picked it up.”

Officers apparently tracked down the men with the help of residents and they were arrested on Tuesday night.

The WUCT worked together with the Westlake Community Foundation, supporting locals with education, health and advice.

Barnes said there were very few secrets in the close knit community of Westlake Village.

“Criminals or baddies are generally known to community members.”

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