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Police forensic investigations link Port Elizabeth man to several homicides

Mar 29, 2019
Police forensic investigations link Port Elizabeth man to several homicides

Sizwe Jika once escaped from Walmer police custody and was re-arrested in Aliwal North

Port Elizabeth - The Mount Road SAPS Cluster Trio Detective Task Team again made a significant breakthrough in linking a double homicide accused to yet another homicide case allegedly committed in Summerstrand in May 2018.

In that case, an elderly woman lost her life.

"Sizwe Jika (27) was first arrested on 21 September 2018 when two suspicious men were taken in for questioning and profiling by Walmer members after they were found in the Charlo area (Adam Road) of Port Elizabeth," said police spokesperson, Col Priscilla Naidu.

"The men could not account for their presence as this area is a hotspot area for housebreakings. They were brought to the police station for further profiling.

"While the detective officer was busy verifying the fingerprints of one of the suspects, he jumped through the open window and ran away."

Sizwe Jika later arrested in Aliwal North

On the 3rd of October 2018, at about 14:00, a breakthrough was made and Jika was arrested walking in the Aliwal North CBD. by the Aliwal North Operation Command Centre.

"He has been positively linked to the murder and robbery of an elderly woman, Ann Smit (86), which took place May 2018 in Kamma Park," said Col Naidu.

"He has been linked through forensic evidence and has since appeared in court."

She said that Jika also appeared in court on Monday, 4 February 2019 for eight other housebreaking cases allegedly committed between March and July 2018 in the Kabega Park, Humewood and Mount Road areas of Port Elizabeth.

"He was charged in court on this day for the brutal killing of Kelly Bain (26) allegedly committed in July 2018. Once again Jika was linked through DNA evidence."

Col Naidu said that his case of escaping from lawful custody is still pending.

"He was previously found guilty in about 12 other cases of housebreaking and theft committed since 2007."

Suspect faces additional homicide charge

Jika appeared in the Port Elizabeth Magistrate's Court on Thursday for killing Smit.

"He was also charged in court for the murder of Anne Ferreira (83). Ferreira was found strangled and murdered in her Summerstrand home in May 2018.

"Her car was found abandoned near Despatch. He is positively linked to the third murder through forensic evidence. He is charged with murder, robbery, rape and kidnapping."

Col Naidu said that he is remanded in custody until 24 May 2019.

Acting Mount Road SAPS Cluster Commander, Brig Andrew Louw, has applauded the thorough investigations by the Mount Road SAPS Cluster Trio Detective Task Team in ensuring yet another success against this cold-hearted and ruthless criminal.

"Our investigators will be working very closely with the National Prosecuting Authority to ensure that he deserves the punishment for his heinous crimes. The scourge of violence against these vulnerable groups cannot and will not be tolerated," added Brigadier Louw.

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