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Robber, who left NMU student in ICU traced and arrested at St Albans Prison

Jun 21, 2018
Robber, who left NMU student in ICU traced and arrested at St Albans Prison

Dedication, passion and a love for his job is what prompted D/Const Ridwaan Baatjies to continue with his investigative duties even while on vacation leave. His diligence paid off on Thursday when he arrested a 30-year-old suspect, who is already in custody at the St Alban’s Prison for another house robbery.

"On 7 February 2018, a 20-year-old Nelson Mandela University (NMU) student was brutally attacked in his flat in Gomery Place in Summerstrand, Port Elizabeth," said police spokesperson,  Col Priscilla Naidu.

"Due to his injuries, he was hospitalised in the intensive care unit for a long time. The motive for the attack was robbery.

"In the last two weeks and while on vacation leave, Const Baatjies followed every possible lead in trying to locate the suspect and through his thorough investigation and gathering of information, the suspect was traced to St Alban’s Prison where he is awaiting trial for another house robbery committed in April 2018, also in Summerstrand." 

She said that on 27 April 2018, the suspect had entered a house in Winchester Way and held the complainant at knife point.

"He stole cell phones and a laptop. The following day, 28 April 2018, he was traced through the cellphone to a house in Walmer location. The stolen property was also recovered."

The suspect has remained in custody and that case is remanded for 22 June 2018.

He will now appear in the Port Elizabeth Magistrate's Court on Friday, for the attack on the NMU student.

"Charges of house robbery and attempted murder have been opened against him."

The Cluster Commander for Mount Road, Maj Gen Thembisile Patekile, lauded the young detective Constable for his hard work and dedication.

"The core business of the SAPS is to fight crime and bring criminals to justice and actions such as this is indicative that our police officers are dedicated to their tasks in ensuring that cases are thoroughly investigated and suspects apprehended," added Maj Gen Patekile.