Suspect in Stellenbosch student's murder identified -- fears he might flee


There are fears that the suspect identified in the murder of Stellenbosch University student Robyn Pearce might try and make a run for it before he is arrested, says a City of Cape Town investigative head.

The head of the city's special investigation unit (SIU), Reynold Talmakkies, told News24 on Wednesday morning that the suspect has been identified and will be arrested by the end of Wednesday.

"We cannot release his name before we managed to find him," said Talmakkies. "The man might want to run away."

Talmakkies said the man was identified after someone provided the city with information.

Pearce, 20, was found murdered last Friday in her mother's highly secure, fourth-floor apartment in Sea Point.

She was stabbed in the stomach.

It is suspected that her cellphone, bank card and wrist watch were stolen. Meanwhile, police have referred all questions about the case back to the City of Cape Town.

"We have no further developments in the case and no arrests have been made," police spokesperson Lieutenant Colonel Andrè Traut told News24.

William Booth, the lawyer advising Pearce's family, could not be reached for comment.

Source: News24

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