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Breakthrough in Hankey farm attack applauded

Apr 3, 2018
Breakthrough in Hankey farm attack applauded

The Provincial Organised Crime Investigation Unit in Port Elizabeth has since been working around the clock following up on leads relating to an attack on a farm in Hankey just before midnight on Saturday, 23 March.

"On Wednesday, the Provincial OCC, with the assistance of Palmietfontein detectives, arrested a 32-year-old suspect at Kwa Guna administrative area in the Nketlana Location, a few kilometres from the Lesotho border," said police spokesperson, Col Priscilla Naidu.

"Some of the property taken from the incident was also recovered."

She said that the suspect will appear in the Hankey Magistrate's Court on Tuesday on four charges of attempted murder, rape, illegal possession of a firearm, robbery with aggravated circumstances, theft and indecent assault.  

"It is alleged that on 23 March, the 44-year-old victim and her children were attacked in their house by a gun wielding suspect. During the ordeal, the woman was shot and money was withdrawn from an ATM," Col Naidu said.

"During the course of the investigation, several ‘persons of interest’ were questioned, but later released."

The Humansdorp Cluster Commander, Brigadier John Lebok commended the team for their excellent investigation and relentless pursuit of the suspect.