Police track down farm attack five

2016-04-19 10:15

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Pietermaritzburg - A major breakthrough in a recent Nottingham Road farm attack and robbery has led to the arrest of five men.

Two weeks ago, a couple in their 70s were attacked in their home by two men. The men escaped in the couple’s car, taking with them firearms and money among other items.

Mountain Rise police spokesperson Captain Gay Ebrahim said police worked relentlessly on the case, evntually tracking the robbers down and arresting them at the weekend.

With the help of police informers, Warrant Officer Skhumbuzo Mdunge and his colleagues had started tracking the suspects down as soon as the robbery was reported.

Nottingham Road station commander Captain Marlize van der Schyff also enlisted the assistance of the CAT team to work with her officers in a 72-hour sting operation beginning on Friday.

Five men were arrested and the majority of the stolen goods from the farm, including a rifle, shotgun, 17 rounds of ammunition, a laptop, and several items of clothing, were recovered.

The intensive operation covered Nottingham Road, Mpophomeni, Howick and Bergville, where the men were arrested.

The accused attackers, Gugu Eugene Hlengwa and Dumisani Msimanga, appeared in court yesterday with three other men — Jabuko Ngcobo, Nkanyiso Bhengu and Bongumusi Radebe — who were arrested and charged for possession of stolen property, and unlicensed firearms and ammunition.

Their formal bail application is scheduled for April 25.

The couple, who asked not to be named, said they were “very pleased” with the “wonderful work” of the police and their determination to arrest the suspects.

They were relieved to hear the men have been apprehended and hoped justice would be served.

They added they were lucky not to be seriously injured in the attack. Both had been for trauma counselling and were “recovering well”.

Mountain Rise cluster commander Brigadier Francis Bantham was pleased at the recovery and arrests made by the team.

She congratulated all concerned for the hours of work that contributed to the arrests.

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