The Ulundi Public Order Police and Nquthu Crime Intelligence Unit arrested a 28-year-old suspect for rape and murder which occurred on Saturday, 15 September 2012 at Nqutu. It is alleged that on Saturday evening at 20:00 a 27- year-old woman was walking with her boyfriend when they were allegedly approached by two suspects who demanded cash and cell phones.
The two suspects raped the woman at gunpoint. The boyfriend managed to escape unharmed as the suspects opened fire in his direction. At about 22:00 the same suspects went to a nearby house where they fatally shot a 28-year-old male and fled the scene. The motive of the killing is unknown at this stage.
An operation was conducted and information led the members of the police to Kwaluvindi Location in Nquthu area. In the early hours of Sunday at about 03:00 one suspect was arrested and found in a possession of unlicensed firearm and ammunition. Police also recovered a cell phone which was taken from the rape victim. The seized firearm will be taken to forensic science laboratory both for comparison, analysis and ballistic testing.
The suspect will be charged for rape and murder and he is due to appear in Nquthu Magistrates’ Court tomorrow, 18 September 2012. Police are confident that the arrest of the outstanding suspect is imminent.