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Duo facing attempted murder charge after e-hailing taxi driver robbed, strangled with rope

10 May 2020 - 13:56 By Nonkululeko Njilo
Two men aged 20 and 21 were arrested on Saturday after the robbery and attempted murder of a 47-year-old e-hailing taxi driver.
Two men aged 20 and 21 were arrested on Saturday after the robbery and attempted murder of a 47-year-old e-hailing taxi driver.
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Two men aged 20 and 21 were arrested on Saturday after the robbery and attempted murder of a 47-year-old e-hailing taxi driver.

The incident occurred at Alexander Road in Newton Park, Port Elizabeth, in the Eastern Cape.

“It is alleged that on May 9 2020 at about 7.45pm, the 47-year-old driver went to an address in Alexander Road in Newton Park to pick up a client. When he stopped at the given address, two males got into the back seat.

“One of the males tried to strangle him with a piece of rope from the back. The complainant fought back and the suspect fired a shot through the seat, hitting him [the driver] in the shoulder. The complainant fired back at the suspects who got out and ran away,” said police spokesperson, Col Priscilla Naidoo.  

Naidoo said the pair were caught after reports of their arrival at a hospital — while police were busy at the scene.

“The suspects, one with a gunshot wound in his chest and the other with a gunshot wound in his arm were arrested. The suspects are from Schauderville,” she said.

They were expected to appear in court soon on charges of attempted robbery and attempted murder.


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