Police uncover crimes

A young man of Memel suspected of murdering and burying his victim in a shallow grave, is expected to re­appear in the town’s magistrate’s court today (25/01).

The suspect, Jan Jacques Jordaan, is facing a charge of murder after ­allegedly killing a 46-year-old man on 7 January.

Sgt Mmako Mophiring, police spokesperson, said the parents of the suspect had informed the police about the grisly murder five days after it had happened.

He said the victim had allegedly been severely beaten with a wooden bat and died instantly at the crime scene.

Mophiring said the victim had apparently been attacked by Jordaan after they had been embroiled in a heated argument.

He said there was no third party present while the incident unfolded.

“It is alleged that the suspect hit the man over the head several times with a wooden bat and he died on the scene,” said Mophiring.

“The deceased’s body was reco-
vered from a shallow grave inside the yard of a house which the suspect had been looking after.”

He said the Bethlehem Forensics Record and Criminal Centre teamed up with a forensic team from Tshwane and retrieved the victim’s body from the shallow grave.

“The body was handed over to pathologists for them to conduct a postmortem.”

He said the victim’s identity has not been revealed, as his next of kin had not been informed.

  • The vigilant police members of the Bloemfontein K9 Unit have cracked down on three Zimbabwean nationals illegally in South Africa and suspected to be robbers.

The unit members caught the three armed men on Tuesday, 17 January, in the city’s central business district while conducting a routine patrol.

Capt. Chaka Marope, Park Road police cluster spokesperson, said the suspects had been apprehended after failing to provide reasonable account of the silver firearm which was hidden in one of the luggage bags in the boot of the car they had been travelling in.

The suspects were reportedly travelling in a Mercedes-Benz with Gauteng registration number plates.

Marope said the vehicle of the would-be robbers had been pulled over in Pres. Brand Street and it was then searched.

“Preliminary findings revealed the trio was in South Africa illegally and the gun had been reported as stolen during a housebreaking in Heidelberg, Mpumalanga, in December 2016,” said Marope.

“The firearm and the vehicle were confiscated for further investigation.”

The arrested suspects are aged from 34 to 38 years.

He said they were expected to appear in the Bloemfontein Magistrate’s Court facing charges of the possession of an unlicensed firearm and being illegal immigrants.

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