Police in response to the Provincial Commissioner’s order to mobilise maximum resources in tracing two suspects of gender based violence following the murder of two women in separate incidents, duly prioritised the investigation of both cases and arrested the suspects shortly after the incidents.
The first suspect aged 25, was arrested in Fochville on Monday 17 August 2020, for the alleged murder of his 26-year-old girlfriend, earlier in the day.
It is alleged that the victim and the suspect had an argument that led to the suspect assaulting and stabbing the woman with a sharp object. The victim was taken to hospital by ambulance and she later succumbed to injuries. A 72-hour action plan was mobilised to search for the suspect who was successfully traced and arrested within a few hours in Greens Park, Fochville.
He was charged with murder and is expected to appear at Fochville Magistrates Court on Wednesday 19 August 2020.
In the second incident, a 35-year-old man appeared at Tembisa Magistrates Court for the alleged murder of his 52-year-old lover in Ivory Park.
It is alleged that on the 5 August 2020, the victim had an argument with her boyfriend who was accusing her of infidelity. The following morning the victim was seen coming out of the shack saying the boyfriend had doused paraffin on her and set her alight. She was rushed to hospital where she was later certified dead.
The matter was reported to the police and the case was prioritised like all the cases of gender based violence. Police went all out to hunt for the suspect until he was arrested on Saturday, 15 August 2020. He appeared in court on Tuesday 18 August 2020, facing a charge of murder.
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