GEORGE NEWS - Four days after the body of a 23-year-old man, Jethro Joseph, was found in an open field near PW Botha Boulevard, two suspects, aged 19 and 23, were arrested on Sunday 10 January.
According to Southern Cape police spokesperson, Sgt Chris Spies, the body of the deceased had multiple injuries. He was found by a passer-by at approximately 11:30 on Wednesday 6 January.
"The suspects remain in custody and are scheduled to appear in the George Magistrate's Court on Tuesday 12 January on a charge of murder," said Spies.
By the time of going to print on Wednesday, the details about their court appearance could not be confirmed.
Initially six suspects were taken into custody shortly after the body was found, but they were released on Thursday 7 January as they could not be linked to this incident at that stage.
Anyone with information may contact the investigation officer, Warrant Officer Jerome Malan, at the George Detectives branch on 044 803 4715.
Packet of chips
News of Joseph's death spread like wildfire in the Borcherds community, where word on the street was that he was killed over a packet of chips he allegedly stole from a store.
This, however, is unconfirmed.
On the day his body was found, community members in Borcherds became unsettled and allegedly threatened the owner of the store, whom they believe is involved in the matter.
"Police reinforcements were dispatched to Rand Street as well as the Conville policing precinct where a group of people became violent," said Spies.
Public order police (Pops) as well as members from neighbouring police stations later dispersed the group and order was restored. The investigation continues.
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