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Son expected in New Brighton court for allegedly killing parents

Oct 11, 2018
Son expected in New Brighton court for allegedly killing parents

A 22-year-old man from Govan Mbeki location, in Kwadwesi, Port Elizabeth, is expected in court on Friday after he was arrested by Port Elizabeth police following the discovery of his parents' bodies.

"Following the gruesome finding of the body of the 60-year-old Mountain Sipho Taule in an open field next to Mti Street, Govan Mbeki locality, police arrested the 22-year-old son that was sought by Kwadwesi detectives," said police spokesperson, Captain Andre Beetge.

"The arrest was made after community members in the area spotted him in a nearby street at about 15:30 on Wednesday and handed him over to patrolling police in the area."

Suspect confesses to gruesome murders

Captain Beetge said that by 19:00, on Wednesday night, the suspect confessed to the murders and led police to the grave where he buried the mother, 55-year-old Jeanette Taule.

"Her body was not burnt like the father."

While initial reports by community stated that the suspect was mentally challenged, however detectives have found him alert and responsive during questioning, but suspects that he is drug user.

"He will be appearing before the New Brighton Magistrate's Court on 12 October on two charges of murder and for the senior state prosecutors to decide if further evaluation of the suspect will be required," Capt Beetge added.

The Motherwell Cluster Commander, Major General Dawie Rabie has expressed his appreciation towards the community for not taking the law into their own hands.

"The alertness of the community lead police to uncover this double murder. The suspect will be brought before court to face the consequences of his actions," he added.

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