Friday, October 19, 2007

Police murder-accused appears in court

By Rhodé Marshall
19 October 2007

A 22-year-old man from Khayelitsha made a brief appearance in the Mitchells Plain Magistrate’s Court yesterday on charges of the murder and armed robbery of Inspector Phillip Swanepoel.

The incident occurred in Mandalay when Swanepoel, who was off duty, was shot outside his house.

“Lubaba Hlengisa was taken in for questioning on Tuesday evening from his home in Khayelitsha and was formally charged on Wednesday after detectives followed-up on leads obtained through their investigation.

Detectives also recovered the service firearm and cellphone of the deceased and the court case was postponed until next Thursday for further investigation,” says police spokesperson Senior Superintendent Billy Jones.

Jones adds that the search for the two other suspects is still on.


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