South Africa: Murder Suspect Apprehended and Vehicle Recovered By Ethekwini Inner South Cluster

Ethekwini Inner South Cluster Task Team recovered the vehicle belonging to a 31 year-old arrested murder suspect at Ilk Road, in Croftdene. The car was abandoned by the suspect in Chatsworth, after the suspect had fatally shot his 26 year-old girlfriend five times in the head on Tuesday, 29 November 2016, at about 17:00 at Bridgeport – 151 South Coast Road, Rossburgh. According to members at the scene, the victim was found on South Coast Road, outside her workplace at Calumbus Steel, lying in a pool of blood next to a VW Polo, which is believed to belong to the victim. The victim sustained five gunshot wounds to her head and was declared dead at the scene by Emergency Service Ambulance.

The suspect fled the scene in his vehicle, leaving behind the 7, 65 9mm short firearm with no serial number, which was used to commit the murder. The firearm was recovered at the scene, along with five spent 9mm cartridges. Within hours into the investigation, members of the Brighton Beach SAPS, led by Brighton Beach Detective Head – Lt Colonel McGray, the suspect was apprehended in Chatsworth during the same night that the murder occurred. The motive for the killing is unknown at this stage. The suspect has been arrested and charged for murder at Brighton Beach SAPS. The suspect will appear in Durban Court tomorrow.

Ethekwini Inner South Cluster Commander, Major General Nunkumar commended members on their swift reaction to apprehend the murder suspect. “Good work to Lt Colonel McGray and his team, as well as the Task Team on their diligent work, we will ensure that justice is brought forward to the family of the victim, and the suspect is sentenced,” he said.

Source: South African Police Service.

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