Woman arrested for conspiracy to commit murder

A 44-year-oldKenilworth woman has been arrested on charges of conspiracy to commit murder, with her husband the intended victim.

Police spokesman Captain FC Van Wyk said swift action by seasoned detectives prevented the murder of the would-be victim.

“Following information received of allegations of a conspiracy to commit murder, a joint investigation was conducted by the provincial detective unit and the Manenberg Serious and Violent Crimes Investigation Unit,” he said.

“The investigation culminated on Tuesday October 18, at 10.10am when a sting operation was conducted in the parking area of the Lansdowne railway station, where a woman handed over an undisclosed amount of cash to would-be hit men to have her husband assassinated.

The woman was arrested shortly thereafter and is to appear in the Wynberg Magistrate’s Court on Thursday on a charge of conspiracy to commit murder.”

Three suspects were arrested after they had held a Birkett Road resident at gunpoint in his driveway, demanding his cellphone and house and car keys, at 10.16pm, on Sunday October 16.

RondeboschCommunity Improvement District (RCID) manager Shirley Aldum said vigilant neighbours activated their alarm and called the police.

“Responding to the alert, a neighbour next door saw the suspects about to jump over his wall and fired shots at the suspects. Two ADT vehicles arrived within minutes and were able to apprehend both the driver of a grey Fiat Palio and two other suspects, one found hiding on the roof in possession of the stolen items,” she said.

“The other suspect was found hiding in the garden. The firearm used in the armed robbery was also retrieved from the garden. One suspect fled the scene.”

In another incident, in Greenbank Road, in the early hours of Monday October 17, a resident was woken up by her dog barking and went outside to investigate.

“When she came back inside she saw someone in the passage and activated the alarm.

The suspect had gained access to the house by using a broom stick to fish the house keys from inside via a tiny window and gained entry to the house and stole a purse, car keys and a laptop from the premises and fled by jumping over the wall,” Ms Aldum said.

“ADT responded to the alarm activation and on arrival started to search for the suspect and found him hiding in the bushes on another property in possession of the stolen goods.

“The SAPS are investigating the possibility of linking the suspect apprehended in Greenbank Road to the armed robbery in Birkett Road.”

Ms Aldum thanked the Birkett Road neighbours, who played a “huge role” in the successful arrest of the three armed robbery suspects, and ADT and the Rondebosch SAPS for their quick response.