Grahamstown police swiftly arrest alleged cop killer

AUGUST 8, 2016

Grahamstown police on Sunday morning arrested a 32-year-old suspect for the murder of an off-duty police officer, whose body was discovered with multiple stab wounds in the upper body on Saturday morning in the bushes near Sun City, Grahamstown.

"It is alleged that the deceased,Warrant Officer Alby Julius, 48, who was stationed at Grahamstown SAPS’s private cellphone was missing at the time his body was discovered," said police spokesperson, Colonel Sibongile Soci.    

The suspect will appear in the Grahamstown Magistrates Court on Monday, facing murder and robbery charges.  

"The motive for the murder forms part of the investigation and we wish not to speculate," Col Soci said.  

The SAPS Management in the Eastern Cape expressed their deepest condolences to the family, friends and colleagues of the deceased.

“Our hearts go out to his loved ones and close colleagues during this difficult time. SAPS will provide all the support possible to the bereaved family,” said Eastern Cape Provincial Commissioner, Lt General Liziwe Ntshinga.

Lt Gen Ntshinga also expressed her satisfaction with the swift arrest of the suspect by Grahamstown Detectives, Visible Police and K9 members.