Murdered Grahamstown police officer laid to rest

AUGUST 22, 2016

The late Warrant Officer Albie Julius, who was murdered in Grahamstown two weeks ago, was laid to rest in a dignified official funeral at the Grahamstown Cathedral on Saturday.

Julius, 48, was stationed at Grahamstown SAPS. He was off-duty when his body was discovered with multiple stab wounds in the upper body in the bushes near Sun City, Grahamstown.

His cellphone was missing at the time his body was discovered.    

"The motive for the murder forms part of the investigation and we wish not to speculate," police spokesperson, Colonel Sibongile Soci said then.  

The SAPS Management in the Eastern Cape also 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 a 32 year-old suspect by Grahamstown Detectives, Visible Police and K9 members for the murder.

The suspect faces murder and robbery charges.  

Meanwhile, during the early hours of Saturday, Mthatha police arrested two men, aged 30 and 33 years old, whom they found in possession of two firearms, a home made gun and a pistol. They are expected to appear in the Mthatha Magistrates' Court on Monday.

Elsewhere, the Aliwal North K9 Unit and CIG arrested two suspects, aged 25 and 28 years old, for the possession of Tik and rock cocaine. They too will appear in court on Monday.