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Man in court for fatally shooting 6-year-old Gelvandale girl

Oct 7, 2019
Man in court for fatally shooting 6-year-old Gelvandale girl

Port Elizabeth - A 20-year-old man in expected in court in after he was arrested by the SAPS Gelvandale Tracing Team along Chamois Street, in Gelvandale, for the alleged shooting of 6-year-old Jay-Linn Jantjies in September.

"It is alleged that on Monday, 23 September 2019 at about 17:00, the 6-year-old child was on the pavement in front of her house in Kobus Road when shots were fired, hitting her in her head," police spokesperson, Col Priscilla Naidu.

"Intensive investigation was conducted in the area and the suspect was sought, but was evading arrest."

She said that on Thursday, the SAPS Gelvandale Tracing Team and detective members spotted him in Deverill Road and a chase ensued, resulting in his apprehension in Chamois Street.

"He was detained on a charge of attempted murder as well as an unrelated case of assault with intent to cause grievous bodily harm and pointing of a firearm."

On Friday evening, little Miss Jay-Linn Jantjies passed away in hospital.

The suspect will now appear in the Port Elizabeth Magistrate's Court for murder.

Acting Eastern Cape SAPS Provincial Commissioner, Maj Gen Andre Swart, sends his condolences to the family of the child and has re-iterated that "callous criminals such as this must be removed from society.

"We will be working closely with the prosecuting authority to ensure a successful prosecution," added Maj Gen Swart.

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