Two held for broth­ers’ sus­pected gang­land hit

Weekend Argus (Saturday Edition) - - NEWS - ZARA NI­CHOL­SON

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

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