24-year-old man accused of trapping and burning 2 people in a building arrested

24-year-old man accused of trapping and burning 2 people in a building arrested

The South African Police Service in Northem outside Bela-Bela have made a major breakthrough in apprehending a 24-year-old man for two counts murder, arson, theft of motor vehicle and theft.

This arrest emanated from a horrible incident which took place on Friday the 04th of January 2019, at Weldebeeste Laagte Farm outside Northem.

The Police were summoned to this place following an alleged arson incident. They reacted swiftly and on arrival, they found the entire building already engulfed in flames. The Police in conjunction with other role players, tried to extinguish the blaze but with no success.

Further attempts were made to rescue the people inside until they managed to gain entry by breaking the windows as all the doors were locked and subsequently, two people were found lying dead on the floor with serious burn wounds throughout their bodies.

Preliminary Police investigations have revealed who the possible suspect was and the manhunt operation ensued until at Rusternburg in the North West Province, where the suspect was ultimately nabbed with the back-up from the Rusternburg Public Order Police Unit.

During the arrest, the deceased’s motor vehicle was recovered at a chop-shop in the Rusternburg Policing area and also the following items belonging to the deceased were found in the possession of the suspect: cell phone, tablet, watch and house keys.

The process of identifying both the deceased aged 30 and 33 is still underway.

The motive behind this incident is still not clear at this stage but the ongoing Police investigations will tell.

The arrested suspect in this matter will appear before the Northem Magistrate Court tomorrow on Monday the 07th January 2019.

The Provincial Commissioner of the South African Police Service in Limpopo Lieutenant General Nneke Ledwaba has complimented the Saps members in the Northem Police Station and the Rusternburg Public Order Police Unit for making such a milestone achievement in cracking such a complex matter within a short space of time.

The Police investigations are still continuing.



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