Vehicle-tracking information and his father’s gun linked a 24-year-old suspect to the bloody shootout in which a Port Elizabeth police officer was killed during an armed robbery in January.
The suspect is believed to have been part of a gang of five who ambushed eight employees of the Le Bon Bakery in Central on January 21.
A total of R9,000 was allegedly stolen.
The suspect purportedly managed to escape while four of his alleged accomplices were shot dead in the encounter with police who had responded to the robbery.
Flying squad officer Dwane Kemp, 31, also died when he was shot in the stomach.
The sole suspect’s name is known to Weekend Post, but magistrate Xolile Dlulisa ruled that it may not be used until he has ruled on the bail application on Wednesday.
He faces three charges, including murder, attempted murder and robbery.
The state opposed bail. Prosecutor Melani Hammett said the state had a strong case against the accused.
Hammett said the suspect’s father’s gun had been one of the firearms recovered on the scene.
She said the man, who lives in Algoa Park, had also used his father’s vehicle and that tracking information confirmed the car had been in the vicinity of the bakery during the date and time of the robbery.
“Furthermore, the applicant was positively identified in an ID parade as the person who tied up some of the witnesses with cable ties and as the person who fled the scene,” Hammett said.
Investigators had also confiscated clothing from the suspect’s home which he is believed