Thursday, April 20, 2006

Actor's murder could be gang related

Cape Town police have arrested a total of eight people in connection with the murder of 27-year-old Brett Goldin and 28-year-old Richard Bloom. The naked bodies of the two men were found in an open field in Athlone in the Cape Peninsula at the weekend. Their hands were tied behind their backs and they had each been shot in the head. One of those arrested gave himself up to police. Two men were arrested on Wednesday afternoon and a pistol has been recovered. Six of the accused have already appeared in court. The case has been postponed until next Wednesday.

Meanwhile, police are wary of confirming that the murders are gang related but criminologists have confirmed that the modus operandi indicates a gang initiation killing. One of the arrested suspects is the brother of an alleged Americans gang leader.

Police have confirmed that they are involved in pro-active policing on the Cape Flats since gang violence erupted in Hanover Park last month. Officers are hot on the trail of six more suspects believed to be responsible for some of the violence. The men being sought are Abduraghman Engel, Brendon Davids, Elwin and Billy Botha and Charles and Jason Petersen.

Anyone who can assist the police is asked to contact Crime-stop on o8600-10111.

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