Carnavon murder and burglaries, suspects convicted, sentenced

South African Police Service

Carnavon murder and burglaries, suspects convicted, sentenced
Carnavon murder and burglaries, suspects convicted, sentenced

The SAPS welcomes the sentences recently handed down to three males in Carnavon for burglaries and murder.

The first burglary took place on 10 September 2022 at a well-known Supermarket in Carnavon where Karel Witbooi (23) stole a large amount of cigarettes and was arrested three days later.

He was found guilty and recently sentenced to eight years imprisonment for business burglary.

The second accused, known as Vernon Beukes (30) broke into a high school in Carnavon on 6 February 2023 and stole groceries worth about R8000-00.

Beukes also broke into a well-known business in Carnavon on four separate occasions during February 2023 and stole groceries and cattle feed.

Police arrested Beukes towards the end of February 2023.

Vernon Beukes received a combined sentence of 10 years direct imprisonment on 23 May 2023 for the five cases.

Lastly, Shanerich Neels (22) who murdered Daniel Maritz (30) on 6 November 2022 was also sentenced.

Neels beat Maritz with a wooden stick after they had an altercation in front of a local night club. Maritz later succumbed to his injuries in a local hospital.

Police arrested Neels 4 days later in Carnavon and was found guilty and sentenced on 23 May 2023 to 10 years direct imprisonment in the Carnavon Magistrates Court.

The Namakwa District Commander, Brig Schalk Andrews commended the Investigating Officers of the cases namely; D/Cst Wilman Heyns and D/W Alrick Ford for their meticulous investigations which saw perpetrators being incarcerated for the crimes they committed.

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SOURCESouth African Police Service