In aggravation of sentence, regional court prosecutor, Kuveshni Pillay, handed in a victim impact statement compiled by the complainants wherein they described the trauma they experienced as a result of the attacks.
The nine-year-old, 14-year-old and a two-year-old child were removed from their mother’s custody shortly after the man was arrested and are still in a place of safety.
It is alleged that two men approached a woman driving a silver Polo and attacked her while the vehicle was stationary at a traffic light.
A police vehicle was also damaged during the shooting.
Communications officer of Isipingo SAPS, Cpt David Ragavan, said that the motive behind the murder is unknown and police are appealing to residents in the Isipingo CBD to come forward with information.
According to a close source, a community member had called the police to report that he had witnessed a vehicle being driven at a high speed into the canal.
In the first incident, the endeavours shown by the SAPS to tackle the lucrative illegal abalone trade in Western Cape and the smuggling syndicate have definitely paid off following two successful police operations, recently.
“The suspect will appear in court soon,” she added. Commander of the eThekwini Inner South Cluster, Maj Gen Nunkumar, commended members for their excellent work in apprehending the suspect.
Communications officer of the Chatsworth SAPS, Cpt Cheryl Pillay, said members of the task team received information of a possible attempted theft of motor vehicle and they then observed a white Toyota Corolla, which was used in the commission of the crime.
A joint operation between members of the Isipingo Beach and CPF Outer South Cluster Task Team, Isipingo SAPS and Alpha Alarms resulted in the arrest of the man.
This year in March, police officers received information that the accused was back in the area and he was traced and immediately arrested.