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Man arrested for the fatal shooting of an 83-year-old woman in May

Jun 15, 2018
Man arrested for the fatal shooting of an 83-year-old woman in May

A 35-year-old man is expected in court on Friday after he was apprehended by residents and handed over to the police in connection with the fatal shooting of an 83-year-old woman at Godini locality, in Ngqeleni, in May.

According to police spokesperson, Captain Dineo Koena, it is alleged that the man, wearing a baraclava, hid near the deceased's homestead on the night of 25 May and when he saw a 40-year-old man, who was on his way home, he pointed a firearm at him and ordered him to knock at the deceased's door.

"The man, who is a family to the deceased, who was staying alone, knocked at the door and when the deceased opened the suspect allegedly fired several shots to the deceased and she died instantly," Capt Koena described.

"The suspect then fled the scene and the man raised alarm to the neighbourhood."

She added that through thorough investigations and working hand-in-glove with the community of that area, the suspect was arrested by the Godini community, who handed him to police unharmed on Wednesday morning, at about 11h00.

He is now expected in the Ngqeleni Magistrate's Court on Friday facing a charge of murder.

The Acting Cluster Commander, Colonel Phathekile Majaja, applauded both the community and the Detectives and said "I have to thank the community of Godini for assisting us in arresting this suspect who brutally killed the old woman.

"It is the responsibility of us all to remove all those that are terrorising people especially women and children by exposing them. They don't have space in our society. Your continuous support in the fight against crime cannot be overlooked. Together we can do more."