8 November 2017

South Africa: Father and Son Allegedly Involved in Rhino Poaching While Man to Appear for Murder

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Nelspruit — A father and son appeared in the Mkhuhlu Magistrate's Court on Monday, 06 November 2017 on charges of possession of unlicensed firearms. The father and son respectively, appeared at the court following their arrest in connection with the discovery of two hunting rifles in their bedrooms.

Members of the Provincial Tracking Team acted on information received about a pair that is reportedly involved in rhino poaching. The information led them to a house at Calcutta, near Hazyview, belonging to the suspects. Upon searching the house, two rifles, a .458 and .375 were found hidden in their bedrooms.

The pair was remanded in custody and will reappear at the same court on Monday, 13 November 2017

Meanwhile a 35 year old man was arrested by the police in Nelspruit for the alleged murder of his live-in lady friend, some time yesterday. The murder took place at a rented backroom, rented by the suspect in the city.

According to information at police's disposal, the man allegedly used a blunt object to hit the victim on the head, whereafter he wrapped her body with plastic. Police acted on information, proceeded to the scene and on their arrival, the suspect pretended to be looking for the door-key before attempting to flee the scene, however police swiftly apprehended him.

Inside the room they discovered the plastic-wrapped body placed next to the wall.

The reason for the killing is currently unknown and the police investigation continues. The suspect will appear at the Nelspruit Magistrate's Court tomorrow, 09 November 2017, facing a murder charge.

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