Wednesday, October 20, 2021

Suspect arrested for starting a fire that killed man and toddler

 An Eastern Cape man who allegedly torched a home and caused the death of two people will be appearing making his first court appearance on wednesday.

The 32-year-old suspect was wanted by police after the incident on Sunday morning.

According to the provincial police spokesperson, Captain Gerda Swart said the suspect faces charges of murder, attempted murder and arson. it is alleged that the suspect allegedly set a home alight in Oliver Street in Blikkiesdorp, Kariega.

Some of the occupants managed to break down the back door and escaped.  However a family friend, aged 30 years old, went back into the house to rescue a 3-year-old boy but unfortunately burned to death.

The suspect was subsequently arrested on Monday evening in Bloza, Rocklands just outside Gqeberha.

Swart said while police officers were executing the arrest, officers were informed by a complainant that the same suspect also allegedly stabbed him a few days ago.


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