Five nabbed for smallholding robberies, rape and murder
Rustenburg/ Kroondal – The wave of crime in Rustenburg, especially the gruesome and aggravating nature thereof, is cause for serious concern.
After the numerous reported incidents extending over the past three weeks, the Rustenburg Cluster Task Team assembled their strengths and successfully arrested five Zimbabwean nationals, Sergeant Ofentse Mokgadi, police spokesperson, said.
The five, aged between 23 and 37, were arrested in the Ikemeleng (Matebeleng) informal settlement near Kroondal in the early hours of Friday, 3 February 2017.
They were arrested for rape, murder and house robbery.
The arrest emanated after a spate of rape, murder and robberies were reported within a four-day period in the Kroondal and surrounding vicinity.
As reported in the previous edition of the Platinum Weekly newspaper, an elderly couple residing in Waterfall Village, Rustenburg, was fast asleep on Sunday evening, 29 January 2017 at approximately 22h20 when they woke up to the sound of dogs barking.
The husband went outside to investigate.
The elderly lady became more wary as her husband did not return, so she also went out. She came across her husband wrestling with two assailants. “He was fighting for his life,” Captain Augoustides, police spokesperson, said. The woman screamed for help and ran inside the house. The attackers soon followed but had to break through the dining room window to gain entry.
They dragged the elderly man inside the house... The elderly woman soon realised her husband had been killed.
She was pistol-whipped [the assailants used a handgun as a blunt weapon] after which they started to rape the elderly lady.
They then demanded jewellery and cash. They also forced her to open the safe.
The elderly couple were robbed of TV sets, DVD players, clothes, a wrist watch, jewellery, cell phones and a firearm.
The suspects fled the scene on foot.
When the five assailants were arrested, two pistols with live rounds of ammunition, one belonging to the elderly couple, and jewellery items were recovered. The other items have apparently been sold.
The five suspects were expected to appear in the Rustenburg Magistrates’ Court on Monday, 6 February 2017, facing charges of murder, rape, house robbery, possession of suspected stolen goods and the illegal possession of a firearm and ammunition.
At this stage, preliminary investigations indicate that the five suspects are very likely linked to other reported crimes in the area.
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