Two suspects will appear in the Strand Magistrate’s Court on Monday, June 28, on charges of kidnapping and extortion. The duo was arrested on Monday, June 21, following the kidnapping of a 47 year old Chinese national, who owns a business in Strand.
According to police, the victim was approached by the two armed men while walking to his vehicle. The man was then forced into the suspects’ car. The suspects are alleged to have later demanded a substantial amount of cash as ransom in exchange for the release of the victim, Road Safety reported.
This is when provincial organised crime detectives followed up on crucial information regarding the Chinese national’s whereabouts.
An integrated team comprising of the National Intervention Unit, Special Task Force, Crime Intelligence and detectives later descended on a shack in Makhaza, Khayelitsha on Thursday, June 24, where they rescued the victim.
He had sustained serious burn and assault wounds after he was tortured by his kidnappers. The victim is currently in hospital.
Meanwhile, the suspects face assault GBH, kidnapping and extortion charges. As the investigations unfold, more charges could be added.