Suspected gangland hitman charged with murder of 12 year-old Bethelsdorp girl

JUNE 24, 2016

In a major breakthrough, Port Elizabeth police announced that they have charged a 23 year-old suspected gangland hitman for the murder of the 12 year-old girl that was shot and killed in Bethelsdorp on Monday, 7 June, when armed assailants invaded their home and also wounded her father.

"Deon Harmse, alias Kwas, (23), was arrested by the police intervention team on Wednesday, 15 June 2016. Harmse was also charged for the murder of Donovan Berry (47) who was also shot in Bethelsdorp on 3 May 2016," the police said.

"Harmse appeared in the Port Elizabeth magistrates’ court on Thursday. The case is remanded to 21 July 2016 for both cases. He remains in police custody."

The SAPS has condemned this attack and senseless killing of an innocent child in the strongest terms.

The Deputy National Commissioner responsible for National Management Interventions, Lieutenant General Gary Kruser has acknowledged the speed at which the joint police team in partnership with the communities tracked and eventually arrested a suspect.

The investigation continues.

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