Bethelsdorp men found guilty of killing and robbing ADT security guard

NOVEMBER 1, 2016

Bethelsdorp residents, Charlton Jackson (27) and Fabian Bowers (36), will know their fate on Wednesday when they will be sentenced after the Port Elizabeth High Court on Monday found them guilty of murder and aggravated robbery.

It is alleged that on 3 April 2015, at about 01:10, an ADT security official, Christopher Adams, attended to an alarm that went off at a house in Booysens Park Drive, in Bethelsdorp, Port Elizabeth.

"The two accused approached Adams from behind while he was seated in the vehicle. He was fatally shot twice in his neck," described police spokesperson, Colonel Priscilla Naidu.

"The motive for the attack was to rob Adams of his firearm, however the accused could not find his firearm and stole his magazine with 15 rounds. 

"The firearm was found by police between the plate and vest of his bullet proof vest. Two cell phones, a small electronic device and a black bag belong to Adams was taken."

Successful tracing on one of the cellphones by the investigating officer, Detective Constable Elton Uithaler led police to a friend of both accused.

"Both Jackson and Bowers were arrested on 22 April 2015, at their respective houses in Vastrap in Booysens Park," said Colonel Naidu.

"Police also retrieved the camera footage, which proved vital in the investigation. The camera was attached in the vehicle. The accused were also identified by tattoos that was seen on the footage."

They remained in custody until the finalisation of the case.

The Cluster Commander for Mount Road Cluster, Maj Gen Dawie Rabie commended the investigating officer, Detective Constable Uithaler of Provincial Gang Investigation Unit on securing such a conviction especially that this was his first High Court case.

“We are serious about bringing stability to the Northern Areas and we will not rest until those responsible for violent crimes and criminal activities are behind bars for many years."