Gangsters arrested at court on murder charge while appearing for other cases

The provincial organised crime investigation unit arrested two gang members while they were appearing in the Port Elizabeth magistrate's court for other cases.
The provincial organised crime investigation unit arrested two gang members while they were appearing in the Port Elizabeth magistrate's court for other cases.
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Two gang members were arrested for murder and attempted murder on Monday, while they were appearing in the Port Elizabeth magistrate's court on other charges.

Police spokesperson Col Priscilla Naidu said the two were appearing for a formal bail hearing for a separate case of attempted murder, illegal possession of firearm and illegal possession of ammunition.

“It is alleged that on November 7 2019 around 9.45pm, Leonard Roberts, 24, and a friend, 32, were at a house in Lawler Street in Schauderville when they heard someone calling Roberts. Both men went outside,” said Naidu.

“As they approached the gate, shots were fired from a vehicle. Roberts sustained a fatal gunshot wound to his head and died at the scene.

“Anti-gang unit members immediately responded to the shooting and spotted a suspicious vehicle in Ethel Street in Helenvale. While following the vehicle, the occupants started firing at police. One member sustained a gunshot wound to his head and was taken to hospital for treatment.

“At the time, four people were arrested for questioning and were subsequently released.”

On January 4 this year, Riaan Baartman and Darryn Wentzel, both aged 25, handed themselves over to the police for the alleged shooting at the police officers.

Investigating officer Det-Sgt Xolani Peta arrested both suspects for the alleged murder of Roberts and attempted murder of his friend.

Naidu said both cases are remanded for July 28. Baartman and Wentzel will remain in custody.

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