It has been discovered that one of the five suspects believed to be involved in the case of the missing German tourist, Nick Frischke, had previously been released on parole for attempted murder.
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Carlo Geunantin (23), was released on parole in 2022 after being sentenced to eight years imprisonment in 2018 for attempted murder.
On March 6, the five suspects were presented in the Wynberg Magistrates’ Court, where they faced charges of robbery with aggravated circumstances. Ishaan Fisher, Jason Adonis, Melvin Geunantin and Petersen van Roy are the remaining four suspects involved in the case.
TimesLive says that Geunantin has four other pending cases that go back to 2019. Three of them involve alleged armed robberies with a gun, and the other is a business burglary. Charges from 2016, including common assault and intimidation, were dropped.
According to Singabakho Nxumalo, the spokesperson for the Department of Correctional Services, Geunantin had violated the conditions of his parole, which were linked to his eight-year sentence. In 2022, he was placed in the community corrections system to serve the remaining part of his sentence.
Among the conditions of his parole were requirements that he not commit any crime or offence of any kind, obtain approval before leaving his magisterial district, and refrain from using alcohol or drugs.
Frischke, who went missing in Cape Town almost a month ago, has still not been found. Police called off the search for Nick Frischke on Friday, 10 March, but all efforts will resume if new leads are received.
The accused are expected to appear back in the Wynberg Magistrates’ Court on Thursday, 4 May for further investigation, as the police still require witness statements, DNA and cellphone evidence.
Anyone with information is urged to call the investigating officer, Captain Raymond Swart, on 082 827 3212 or Crime Stop on 08600 1011.
Withdrawal of search teams for missing German tourist pending new information
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