Four held over dou­ble mur­der

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A SHOPOWNER, his two broth­ers and a se­cu­rity guard have been ar­rested over the killing of two men they sus­pected of shoplift­ing in Phutha­ditjhaba. It is be­lieved the pair were kid­napped on New Year’s Day af­ter buy­ing re­fresh­ments from the store’s owner in the Mat­sikeng area. The vic­tims, aged 23 and 29, ap­par­ently ac­com­pa­nied a man to get re­fresh­ments from a shop in Mat­sikeng when they were at­tacked on their way back by men who were fol­low­ing them. Po­lice spokesper­son Bri­gadier Sam Makhele said the three al­legedly tried to out­run their at­tack­ers but two of them were caught and loaded on the back of the bakkie, which trans­ported them back to the shop. It is sus­pected that this was where they were as­saulted, be­fore their bod­ies were dumped near the old golf course in Club View, Phutha­ditjhaba. The bod­ies were found yes­ter­day morn­ing at the golf course. Makhele said the four sus­pects would ap­pear in the Mak­wane Mag­is­trate’s Court for al­legedly kid­nap­ping and mur­der­ing the two men. – ANA

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