Sec­ond sus­pect held for deaths at Schoe­nies

The Herald (South Africa) - - FRONT PAGE - Gareth Wil­son wilsong@ti­soblack­star.co.za

A SEC­OND sus­pect ar­rested yes­ter­day in con­nec­tion with the bru­tal mur­ders of an el­derly Schoen­mak­er­skop cou­ple was out on pa­role at the time of the dou­ble killing.

Po­lice said the 37-year-old sus­pect had been tracked down to the Kirk­wood Cor­rec­tional Ser­vices Cen­tre, where he was in jail for vi­o­la­tion of pa­role con­di­tions linked to a prior con­vic­tion.

The Walmer Town­ship man had been ar­rested by late morn­ing for the fatal at­tack on Ken Alexander, 76, and Elaine All­wright, 78, at their Schoen­mak­er­skop home on Septem­ber 26.

Po­lice were un­able to pro­vide de­tails of the man’s pre­vi­ous con­vic­tion, say­ing they were still await­ing re­ports.

The lat­est break­through comes only days af­ter Vuyani Si­funda, 21 – also of Walmer Town­ship – was ar­rested last week while al­ready in cus­tody for an un­re­lated bur­glary in the Pater­son area on Oc­to­ber 4.

Si­funda was ar­rested shortly af­ter ap­pear­ing in the Pater­son Mag­is­trate’s Court on Wed­nes­day. He ap­peared in the Port El­iz­a­beth Mag­is­trate’s Court on Fri­day, where he was charged with the Schoen­mak­er­skop mur­ders and the killing of Ty­rone Plaatjies, 49, in his car­a­van home at the For­est Hill ceme­tery on Septem­ber 23, as well as rob­bery.

Si­funda ap­peared again in the same court yes­ter­day, and was re­manded un­til Novem­ber 7 pend­ing fur­ther in­ves­ti­ga­tion.

Po­lice in­sid­ers said Si­funda and the sec­ond sus­pect were ap­pre­hended to­gether in Pater­son for the al­leged bur­glary, but be­cause the sec­ond sus­pect was a parolee, he was taken to the Kirk­wood jail.

Other leads are still be­ing fol­lowed up as po­lice be­lieve more sus­pects could be in­volved. Dur­ing their inves-

tiga­tion into the sav­age at­tack in Schoen­mak­er­skop, de­tec­tives found ev­i­dence sug­gest­ing Si­funda had also al­legedly killed Plaatjies three days ear­lier, mak­ing off with R50, a cell­phone and his car.

A ham­mer was used in both at­tacks.

Po­lice spokes­woman Colonel Priscilla Naidu said: “We can con­firm the sec­ond sus­pect was ar­rested [yes­ter­day].

“He was found to be in cus­tody in Kirk­wood for the vi­o­la­tion of his pa­role con­di­tions.”

Naidu said the man was only ar­rested for the mur­der of All­wright and Alexander, and rob­bery.

“Ef­forts are still un­der way to as­cer­tain if he is linked to the other mur­der [of Plaatjies].”

De­tails of the pa­role vi­o­la­tion and what he had been con­victed of pre­vi­ously still needed to be de­ter­mined.

Mount Road Clus­ter deputy com­man­der Brigadier Keith Meyer – who as­sisted with the in­ves­ti­ga­tion – said the task team had been work­ing tire­lessly to track down and ar­rest the cul­prits.

“At this stage, we are still in­ter­ro­gat­ing the two sus­pects.

“Only once we gather all the ev­i­dence will we know if more sus­pects are in­volved.”

Meyer said they were still wait­ing for foren­sic re­sults from the blood­ied clothes and a tele­vi­sion set – pos­si­bly be­long­ing to Alexander and All­wright – found in a Walmer Town­ship house.

The sec­ond sus­pect will ap­pear in the Port El­iz­a­beth Mag­is­trate’s Court to­mor­row.

ELAINE ALL­WRIGHT

KEN ALEXANDER

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