Three in custody for murder spree in Port Elizabeth's Northern Areas

BY YOLANDA PALEZWENI - NOVEMBER 21, 2016

Joint efforts  by members of the Port Elizabeth SAPS Operational Command Centre, Visible Gang Intervention Unit, Provincial Gang Investigation Unit, Crime Intelligence, Public Order Policing and the Air wing led to the arrest of three suspects for alleged involvement in an abduction, arson and two fatal shooting incidents in Shauderville, Port Elizabeth, on Saturday.

According to the police, on Saturday, at about 09:30, the body of Mohamed Abdulla, aged 40 years old, was found lying in an open field in Bramlin Markman Road in Malabar, Port Elizabeth.

“Abdulla sustained a gunshot wound to his face, and his body was discovered by a pedestrian using the field as a shortcut,” said police spokesperson, Colonel Priscilla Naidu.

She added that the deceased was abducted earlier in the morning from his house in Shauderville by the three suspects.

“The house where he was renting was also set alight and completely gutted, and police have opened a case of murder, abduction and arson,” said Colonel Naidu.

Again on Saturday, at about 11:40, it is alleged that the same suspects went to a house in Lawler Street in Shauderville and fatally wounded Deon Matheyse, aged 41 years-old.

It is alleged that the victim and two friends were sitting in a shack, at the back of the house, when the suspects approached

“They were assaulted and Matheyse was shot in his stomach and the other two victims managed to escape,” said Colonel Naidu.

Ater the two shootings, police went on a manhunt for the suspects and, at about 18:30, the suspects were arrested while driving in VW Polo in Algoa Park, Port Elizabeth.

The suspects are expected to appear in court on Tuesday.