EXCELLENT collaboration between the SAPS and a Bitou-based security company led to the speedy arrest of a suspect who had been positively linked to the brutal murder of Penelope K Cumming, 63, on January 30.
Said Southern Cape polices spokesman captain Malcolm Pojie: “This arrest through partnership policing amplified our common goal to collaborate in creating a safe environment for all.”
Preliminary investigation reveals that on Monday January 29 at approximately 5am, Kwanokuthula SAPS dispatched members to the address of the deceased at Schoongezicht Estate in Piesang Valley Road, Plettenberg Bay, after they had received a report from a friend of the deceased who discovered her body on the floor of her residence.
She was found naked with multiple bruises to the body and neck, strengthening the suspicion that she could have been strangled to death. However, an autopsy will be performed during the course of the week to determine the possible cause of death.
Rumours doing the rounds that the victim could have been raped cannot be confirmed or denied until the autopsy results become known.
Footage of the “person of interest” and car was disseminated among law enforcement agencies in the Plettenberg Bay and Kwanokuthula precincts after it came to light that the suspect had left the complex with the deceased's vehicle, a Volvo sedan, at 5:50am on Monday morning.
Subsequent to the search that ensued, members of Knysna SAPS found the vehicle in flames near Nekkies in Knysna and called on the fire brigade for assistance to put out the fire. The car was partially damaged due to the extensive fire and was impounded as evidence.
On Tuesday morning January 30, the owner of a local security company conveyed vital information to police regarding the whereabouts of the suspect who had been spotted near a school in KwaNokuthula.
Police immediately embarked on a search for the fugitive who was subsequently arrested. He had been positively linked through footage and forensic evidence gathered at the crime scene. The suspect, who is in his mid-20s, is scheduled to appear in the Plettenberg
Bay magistrates' court on a charge of murder on Thursday February 1.
Eden Cluster commander major general Oswald Reddy commended all those involved in the speedy recovery of the vehicle and subsequent arrest of the suspect. He applauded the cohesive approach and valued partnership between SAPS and role-players within the security industry for their imperative part in securing the arrest and subsequent prosecution of the suspect.