MOSSEL BAY NEWS - The three pupils that stand accused of stabbing a fellow 16-year-old learner, Khuselo Ndanda, to death at the Hillcrest Secondary School in Mossel Bay on Monday 7 October, made their first court appearance in the Mossel Bay magistrates’ court this afternoon.
The trio, aged between 17 and 18 years old, were remanded in custody and the case was postponed to 17 October for a formal bail application.
Preliminary investigation reveals that the trio attacked the deceased during first break, inflicting multiple knife stab wounds.
After the vicious attack, the assailants jumped the schoolyard fence at the back of the premises and ran away. The then seriously injured Khuselo managed to reach the office block of the school where he collapsed.
Paramedics transported him to hospital but en-route to the local hospital, he succumbed to his injuries.
Da Gamaskop detectives, under leadership of the lead investigator, Cst Willy Januarie and assisted by group leader, Det W/O Deon Louw and his team, worked diligently and before 20:00 the same evening, ensured that the trio was incarcerated.
An autopsy was conducted to determine the exact cause of death. However, the result is not yet available.
Second Incident: Michayla Booysen - KwaNonqaba murder
Another breakthrough was made during an investigation into the death of the 17-year-old Michayla Booysen, also a learner at the same school who was robbed and killed in the early hours of Sunday 6 October in Dywilli Street, Asla Park.
Preliminary investigation suggests that the deceased and her 24-year-old boyfriend were on their way home when they were accosted by three suspects.
They demanded their personal belongings where after a scuffle ensued.
Michayla was hit with a pick-axe handle against her head. She succumbed on the scene.
Her boyfriend was lucky to have escaped, but was later found distraught and extremely traumatised by the event.
The suspects fled the scene with a pair of black Nike tekkies belonging to Michayla.
KwaNonqaba detectives worked around the clock and early yesterday morning, arrested three suspects aged between 17 and 24 years old with the help of KwaNonqaba Visible Police.
Today, two of the suspects were released as there weren’t sufficient evidence to directly linked them to the murder and robbery of Michayla.
However, the 24-year-old suspect remains in custody and will be charged with Murder and Robbery. The case is currently being investigated.
He is scheduled to make his first court appearance tomorrow, Thursday 10 October, in the Mossel Bay magistrates’ court.
Police management in the Western Cape praised the investigating teams and members involved in both murder investigations for their swift response and diligence that led to the arrests of the suspects involved in these horrific murders of school learners.
In the meantime, visible police patrols have been increased and reinforced with the deployment of the neighbourhood watch members in the area to ensure the school environment returns to normality.
Investigation in both cases continues.
Read previous articles:
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- School stabbing update
- Attack at school: 3 learners arrested
- Opvolg: Messtekery by hoërskool
- Messtekery by hoërskool
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