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Two ar­rested in Ku­ru­man for busi­ness­man’s murder


TWO MEN have been ar­rested in con­nec­tion with the murder of Ku­ru­man busi­ness­man John Arthur Fraser, 56, who was killed dur­ing an armed rob­bery at his house in Steen­bok Street, Ku­ru­man, on July 4.

He was shot in the chest while his wife Marie Fraser, 54, sur­vived a gun­shot wound to her shoul­der.

Af­ter the rob­bery, the sus­pects fled the scene with an undis­closed amount of cash, cell­phones and a shot­gun af­ter they forced Marie to open the safe.

Po­lice spokesman, Lieu­tenant Ole­bo­geng Tawana, said the ar­rests fol­lowed an in-depth in­ves­ti­ga­tion by the Pro­vin­cial Crime In­tel­li­gence Unit and the Kim­ber­ley Or­gan­ised Crime Unit in con­junc­tion with Ku­ru­man de­tec­tives.

He said that a 24-year-old man was ar­rested on Oc­to­ber 16 in Ku­ru­man af­ter his ve­hi­cle was linked to the crime and con­fis­cated.

“An­other 23-year-old man was ar­rested yes­ter­day in Mma­batho, North West, in con­nec­tion with this case. His Volk­swa­gen Golf was con­fis­cated by the po­lice as ev­i­dence. It is be­lieved that it was used on the day of the murder and armed rob­bery.

“Fur­ther­more the in­ves­ti­ga­tion shows that this sus­pect is wanted for an­other murder that he had al­legedly com­mit­ted in Mma­batho dur­ing Septem­ber this year.”

Tawana added that more ar­rests were im­mi­nent.

“The 24-year-old man ap­peared in the Ku­ru­man Mag­is­trate’s Court yes­ter­day on charges of armed rob­bery and murder. The 23-year-old man is due to ap­pear in court on Mon­day.”

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