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Manhunt launched after elderly Schoenmakerskop man shot dead, wife in hospital

Sep 26, 2017
Manhunt launched after elderly Schoenmakerskop man shot dead, wife in hospital

Walmer detectives in Port Elizabeth on Tuesday launched a manhunt for suspects, who attacked an elderly couple in their Schoenmakerskop home during the early hours of Tuesday morning.  

"Details as to the murder and robbery at the Marine Drive house are not fully known as the 78-year-old woman, who was severely assaulted is in a critical condition in hospital," described police spokesperson, Col Priscilla Naidu.

"The 76-year-old male was allegedly shot in his face and succumbed to his injuries at the scene.

"The name of the deceased cannot be released as next of kin is still being traced."

Col Naidu said that at this stage it is also not known what has been taken from the house.

"Police are investigating a case of murder and robbery."

She added that in the last month the SAPS, Metro Police and Metro Traffic have dedicated  patrols daily as well as increased visibility in the areas of Victoria Drive and Schoenmakerskop.

"The Trio Task teams in the Mount Road Cluster have also made significant arrests for the month of September on business and house robberies," described Col Naidu.

"A total of 14 arrests were effected for house and business robberies and on 13 September 2017 two accused were each sentenced to 20 years imprisonment for a house robbery which they committed in August 2016 in the Humewood area." 

Police are appealing to anyone who can assist them in the investigation in tracing the suspect/s to contact D/Capt Elroy Lindoor at SAPS Walmer on 041 3198707.

The Cluster Commander of Mount Road Cluster, Maj Gen Funeka Siganga has condemned these senseless attacks and has called on the community not to buy or receive stolen goods.

"It is an offence to receive or buy stolen property.  If communities support criminals in purchasing stolen goods, more victims will suffer because purchasing goods in this illegal manner motivates criminals to repeat their actions.  Reject any goods you suspect to be stolen and report the matter to the police," urged Maj Gen Siganga.