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Murder and robbery suspects arrested

Potchefstroom: Tomorrow, 15 January 2018, one suspect is expected to appear in the Leeudoringstad Magistrates’ Court for murder and another suspect will appear in the Mogwase Magistrates’ Court for house- and business robbery as soon as he is released from hospital.

In the case in Mogwase, the police were summoned to a robbery scene on Friday, 12 January 2018 at about 23:30 at Slocha Section in Motlhabe village. It was reported to the police that the victim was inside his house, when three suspects forcefully gained entry into his house and threatened him with a knife. They allegedly forced him to unlock his tuck shop on the same premises and robbed him of cigarettes and cash before fleeing the scene. The victim alerted his neighbours, who responded positively and arrested one suspect and handed him over to the police, after he was assaulted. The suspect sustained serious injuries and was admitted in hospital under police guard. The 32-year-old suspect will appear in Mogwase Magistrate’s Court as soon as he is released from hospital for house- and business robbery. Investigation into the matter continues and more arrests are imminent.

In the first and separate incident, police in Leeudoringstad were called out to a murder scene on Saturday, 13 January 2018, at about 16:20. Upon arrival at Bapei section, the body of a 34-year-old victim lying in the street with multiple stab wounds. He was certified dead by Emergency Medical and Rescue Services personnel (EMRS).

Further investigations revealed that the deceased and the suspect allegedly had an argument, which lead to a fatal stabbing. The police managed to follow leads and arrested a 28-year-old suspect.

The North West Provincial Commissioner, Lieutenant General Baile Motswenyane expressed her appreciation about the cooperation between the police and community members that resulted in the arrest of the suspects. She urged the community to continue to work together with the police, but to refrain from taking the law into their own hands.

Source: South African Police Service

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