Solik murder suspect a habitual criminal‚ say police sources


Solik murder suspect a habitual criminal‚ say police sources

Nathi Olifant | 2017-03-27 13:56:35.0

Roger Solik (66) and his wife Christine (57) were found murdered after their Nottingham Road home was invaded. File photo.

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The man arrested by the Nottingham Road police and the K9 task team over the weekend in connection with the Solik murders is a habitual criminal with previous convictions.

According to police‚ Xolani Ndlovu seems to have targeted isolated houses and estates who remain unoccupied for most of the times of the year.

Ndlovu was swooped upon at his Umlazi hideout in the early hours of Saturday morning and appeared in the Howick Magistrate’s Court on Monday facing two counts of murder‚ two counts of kidnapping and charges of house robbery and robbery with aggravating circumstances.

Police sources say his main criminal activities appear to have happened in the Nottingham Road area of the KwaZulu-Natal Midlands.

“He has previous convictions but they are mainly of housebreaking and theft. All of his activities are at the Nottingham Road and The Bend areas‚” said one of the investigators.

Ndlovu is joining Thulani Mthembu who was arrested earlier this month. He faces the same charges at Ndlovu.

Roger Solik and his wife Christine were kidnapped from their home in a Nottingham Road estate in February. Their bodies were found in a river in Impendle‚ about 70km away.

Mthembu and Ndlovu will appear again together at the same court on April 7 for a formal bail application.

The arrest of two other men in Impendle after Ndlovu was not linked to the Solik case as earlier reported. An investigator said these were in connection with unlicensed firearm possession.

One of the recovered firearm was reported stolen in Orlando‚ Soweto‚ in Johannesburg.

The confiscated firearms would be sent for ballistic testing to determine whether they had been used in crimes.

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