Two held for brothers’ suspected gangland hit
TWO men believed to be members of the 28s gang have been arrested in connection with the murder of two Bishop Lavis brothers earlier this week.
Police and family of the two victims are still trying to find reasons for the execution-style killings.
Investigators could not say whether the killing was over drug turf in the area.
On Monday, the bodies of brothers Joshua and Ralph Damon were found in a wendy house in Bosberg Road in Bishop Lavis. Both had been shot in the head. Postmortems confirmed that they had been shot at close range.
Two men were arrested and charged with murder, one on Tuesday and the other in the early hours of Thursday.
Yesterday, Bishop Lavis police spokesman Earl Coetzee said they were now investigating the case as being gangrelated, since the two men arrested were known to be members of the 28s gang.
Coetzee said he could not release their names since only one had appeared in court and it was not known whether he had pleaded.
Coetzee said police made the arrests after receiving information from the public, but said they were still following up on other leads.
“People are too scared to talk because they fear for their lives, so we only got information late this week.
“We are following up on the information to see how the men link to the brothers,” Coetzee said.
Police said no one in the area had seen any suspicious activity around the house on Monday evening when the shootings took place.
Coetzee said drug activity was high in the area and police had regular search and seizure operations.
He added they had not had gang or drug-related violence in the area in recent months.
Anita Damon, Joshua’s wife, said he was not involved in any illegal activity, but died alongside his drug-dealing brother.
Anita, 30, and Joshua, 32, had been married for three years and have an 11-year-old daughter and four-year-old son.
Anita said Joshua was a “good man and good father to his children” and he didn’t deserve to die if people were out to get Ralph.
The brothers’ funerals are expected to take place next