20 Feb 2018, Nelspruit, Mpumalanga: Police left no stone unturned by working tirelessly around the clock in search for suspects who carried out a house robbery and murder at a farm in Charl Cilliers, near Secunda.
The hard work led to the arrest of six suspects aged 35 and 39, including a woman. The suspects were traced and nabbed at their different hideouts in Embalenhle and Emzinoni respectively after police acted swiftly on information received regarding their whereabouts.
According to information at police disposal, on Friday night, 16 February 2018, at approximately 22:30, a 73 year old elderly man, together with his family were watching TV when suddenly three armed men stormed into their house through the door. They demanded keys to the safe and took the elderly man to the bedroom where the safe was mounted and in the process, they shot the victim.
The suspects then opened the safe, took three Firearms, a .287 magnum revolver, a .306 hunting rifle a .303 rifle as well as other items such as jewellery, a TV set and an undisclosed amount of cash. They then fled the scene using the family's white Ford Ranger which was parked outside. They reportedly shot and killed two dogs which were in the house before fleeing.
The matter was then brought to the attention of the police who in turn launched a manhunt hence the arrest.
During the arrest, the five men were found in possession of some of the items that were robbed from the victims including a TV set, hand guns, a rifle and ammunition at Embalenhle while the woman was found at Emzinoni in possession of the cellphone of the victim. The vehicle of the family that was used by the suspects to flee the scene was found burnt also at Emzinoni.
The suspects are due to appear at the Evander Magistrate’s Court tomorrow, 20 February 2018, and are facing charges of murder, house robbery, unlawful possession of Firearms and ammunition, as well as possession of stolen property.
The Provincial Commissioner of the police in Mpumalanga, Lieutenant General Mondli Zuma, applauded the community for their patriotic behaviour by assisting the police.