Grassy Park home invasion and murder, 2 gang members sentenced

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Grassy Park home invasion and murder, 2 gang members sentenced
Grassy Park home invasion and murder, 2 gang members sentenced

Western Cape SAPS management welcomes the sentencing of Marco Joostenberg (29) and Riyaad Canham (27) for their involvement in a 2017 murder.

On 8 March 2017, the body of a 29-year-old male was discovered by neighbours at his residence in Jacana Lane, Pelican Park. The deceased had been tied with a belt and shoelaces and gagged with a sock in his mouth. A case docket of murder, house robbery and burglary residential and theft was registered at Grassy Park SAPS, thereafter the case docket was transferred to the Anti-Gang Unit for further investigation. After a lengthy investigation, a breakthrough was made when two men with links to the “Young Gifted Six Bobs” gang were identified as possible suspects.

DNA collected on the scene was compared to DNA of the suspects and proved to be a match.

Both suspects were arrested for the mentioned charges. Due to overwhelming evidence linking the two suspects to the crimes, both accused made plea agreements with the state and accepted lengthy prison sentences. On 11 August 2020, Joostenberg and Canham were sentenced to 35 years’ imprisonment each for murder and were also declared as being unfit to possess firearms.

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