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Centane man due in court for fatal stabbing

JUNE 8, 2015
Centane man due in court for fatal stabbing

Centane police arrested a 26-year-old man for the murder of a 30-year-old man in Centane, outside of Butterworth, Eastern Cape police said.

It is alleged that a group of young men were enjoying themselves at a certain homestead at Singeni Location Xhobani Village, in Centane, on Saturday at about 02:00am, when the suspect and the deceased had a misunderstanding that led to the fatal stabbing.

The deceased is believed to have died immidiately after the attack of wounds sustained to his upper body.

Police were informed of the murder and rushed to the village where they traced the suspect and arrested him.

The knife that was used in the murder was also recovered from the suspect. The identity of the deceased will be withheld until the majority of his relatives and next of kin are informed of his death.

The 26-year-old suspect has since been charged with murder and will appear before the Centane Magistrate Court on Monday.

Business robbery foiled

Meanwhile, Centane police on Friday foiled an armed robbery at Shoprite Supermarket in the small town.  

It is alleged that two young smartly-dressed men entered the Shoprite Supermarket at about 10:00am and requested to meet with the store manager as they pretended to be submitting their curriculum vitae.

The unsuspecting manager met with the two men and went with them to his office. It was then that the  suspects turned on the manager and demanded money. It is believed that the suspects were armed with pistols.

Police acting on intelligence rushed to the supermarket.

However, one of the two suspects received a tip-off about the police and they fled before they could rob the supermarket.

It is believed that a third suspect was waiting outside and might have seen the armed police officials rushing to the scene.

Police believe they fled on foot as no get away car was seen speeding away.

Centane Police are still investigating a case of attempted business robbery and no arrests have yet been made.