Thursday, 21 September 2006

Suspect held for George resident's murder

September 20 2006 at 06:06PM

Detectives arrested a 26-year-old man on Wednesday in connection with the murder of a George resident, police said.

Captain Malcolm Pojie said the 26-year old man from Thembalethu, George, was found in possession of stolen electronic equipment. He was being held for questioning in the murder of 44-year old Theo Bernard van Niekerk.

Van Niekerk's half-naked body was found by police at about 10pm on Monday after a search for the owner of an abandoned Nissan 1400 bakkie led them to his house.

"There were no signs of forced entry, although the doors were locked," said Pojie.

The motive for the murder is unknown, but it is "believed that electronic equipment such as a music centre, TV and video recorder were removed from the house," said Pojie.

An autopsy will be held to determine the cause of death.

The suspect will appear in the George Magistrate's Court soon. - Sapa


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