On Saturday, 29 October 2016, a 25 year old Bethelsdorp man was fatally wounded after visiting his mother. It is alleged that at about 20:35, Brandon Wicks visited his mother at his sister’s house and left to go home. A few minutes later, his mother heard a gunshot outside the house. Wicks was found lying at the corners of Eucomus and Independence Streets, Ext 36 Bethelsdorp. He sustained a gunshot to his head. A case of murder is under investigation.
While police were still on the scene they received information of a firearm kept at a house not far from the crime scene. The investigators from the Provincial Gang Investigation Unit immediately followed up on the information and a 30 year old suspect was arrested and detained for illegal possession of a firearm. A Rossi.38 revolver with four rounds of ammunition was tossed over a chair. Police also seized a Glock firearm which was found in the washing machine.
The Visible Gang Intervention Team also arrested two suspects allegedly involved in an attempted murder case which occurred on 28 October 2016 in Kamma Street Korsten. It is alleged that at about 21:00, the complainant emerged from a house in Kamma Street and noticed two men walking towards him with firearms in their hands. Shots were fired at the complainant. He sustained gunshot wounds to his arms and upper leg. At about 02:00, this morning (30/10), a 33 year old suspect was arrested at his house in Voissen Street while at 04:30, the other suspect, 26 years old was arrested at his house in Highfield Road Gelvandale. Both suspects detained on a charge of attempted murder.
The suspects are expected to appear in court soon.
The Cluster Commander for Mount Road Cluster, Major General Dawie Rabie commended all those involved in the arrest of the suspects and confiscation of the firearms. Excellent team work from all those involved resulted in the speedy arrests. The SAPS will continue to work tirelessly to combat gangsterism and its accompanying crimes of violence in the Northern areas.
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