Well done to Camps Bay patrolmen Lekoba Seanego and Samkelo Mapolisa, and Detective Inspector Fourie.
|Court appearance: Police lead one of the six men suspected of murdering actor Brett Goldin and designer Richard Bloom from the Wynberg magistrate's court. Photo: Ian Landsberg, Cape Times|
Police praised for work in double murder case
April 20 2006 at 05:57AM
By Caryn Dolley
Police arrested two more men in Cape Town's CBD on Wednesday for the slaying of actor Brett Goldin and designer Richard Bloom, and six men stood in the dock in Wynberg facing murder charges.
At the same time, the trio of Camps Bay policemen whose outstanding investigative work resulted in the slew of arrests, described to the Cape Times exactly how they did it.
The latest suspects are aged 20 and 25 and have not yet appeared in court. Police seized a pistol during the arrests.
This brings to eight the number of young men in custody for the Easter weekend murders, and according to investigating officer Stephen Fourie, more might be imminent.
In the dock in Wynberg's Court 4 on Wednesday were Jade Wyngaard, 19, Nurshad Davids, 20, Travino Cairncross, 22, Shavaan Marlie, 25, Rameez Zaeed, 23, and Clinton Davids, 23.
They each appeared on two charges of murder and one of robbery. Clinton Davids is the brother of alleged Americans gang boss Igshaan Davids, nicknamed "Sanie American".
Police are not yet sure if Nurshad Davids is also related to him.
As they entered the courtroom, they all looked towards the packed public gallery, then faced the front with their hands held behind their backs.
As magistrate Marietjie van Eeden addressed them, they all turned to look back at their friends and family members.
Van Eeden said the matter would be postponed until April 26 for information regarding bail to be obtained.
She told them murder was "a very serious offence".
"You run the risk of being sentenced to long periods of imprisonment if convicted," she warned them, before asking if they would appoint their own attorneys, apply for a legal aid lawyer or conduct their own defence.
All six opted for appointing their own attorneys.
When they exited the court, all six looked towards the gallery and Clinton Davids winked and smiled.
Outside the court, their tearful mothers were consoled by relatives.
Marlie, Zaeed and Clinton Davids had appeared in court on Tuesday on charges of being in possession of stolen property. Their case was postponed to Friday.
Earlier in the day, police followed a tip-off and found Bloom's missing charcoal VW Polo Playa outside a shopping centre in Athlone. The car's exterior was undamaged and it was whisked away for forensic examination.
Goldin, 27, and Bloom, 28, were found dead next to the M5 in Mowbray on Monday morning. Each had a single bullet wound in the back of his head.
They disappeared on Saturday night after leaving a dinner party in Camps Bay.
The men who were instrumental in bringing so many suspects to court are Camps Bay patrolmen Lekoba Seanego and Samkelo Mapolisa, and Detective Inspector Fourie.
They were among the essential services personnel who were honoured by Premier Ebrahim Rasool at his home on Wednesday for their outstanding work over the Easter weekend.
They related their tale to the Cape Times and their proud MEC, Leonard Ramatlakane.
Seanego was the senior policeman in the patrol vehicle when they pulled a "recklessly driven" blue Peugeot off the road in the early hours of the morning. Mapolisa is a trainee policeman.
"I thought it strange that they were driving very fast in a road which was a cul de sac.
"They went down it and I waited for them to drive back up towards us and that's when we stopped them," said Seanego.
He said they searched the three occupants of the vehicle and found one of them with Goldin's credit card, R1 040 in cash and a single bullet.
"I checked (the driver's) licence, asked him his name and realised it didn't match the one on the credit card.
"He didn't give clarity where he got the card from. They co-operated. They didn't go against us and did everything we asked."
The three were taken to the Camps Bay police station where they were questioned.
Fourie takes up the story: "As they were questioned, they started giving out information, naming names and streets.
"Cairncross (who was one of those named) was fetched from his Crawford home by an investigative team for questioning, and was then arrested."
"We followed up with the information and afterwards two (men) were arrested there. Items of (Bloom and Goldin's) clothing and parts of Bloom's car were recovered at the house."
Those two men were Wyngaard and Nurshad Davids.
Fourie said the one unknown part of the puzzle was whether there had been a gang connection to the murders. He said at this stage, the motive was robbery.
This article was originally published on page 1 of Cape Times on April 20, 2006