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Double murder suspect released ‘due to lack of evidence’

This is according to the Reiger Park SAPS.

The 37-year-old man, who is known to the community, was accused of brutally killing his former girlfriend, 34-year-old Carmen Miller, and her 58-year-old father, Angus Carson, before fleeing the scene, on the morning of September 29.

Acting on information received from informants regarding the murder suspect’s whereabouts, a team of detectives arrested the boyfriend at a hotel in Boksburg North.

They charged him with double murder and his first court appearance was supposed to be on Thursday, October 5.

However, this didn’t happen because the court, according to the Reiger Park police, didn’t place the charge against him on the court roll, citing insufficient incriminatory evidence for him to be tried and kept in police custody.

Reiger Park SAPS spokesperson Sgt Mashudu Phathela said he is aware that the community is taken aback by the release of the suspect, saying they, the SAPS, investigate every crime reported to them professionally.

“Protecting people in our policing precinct is what motivates us every single day. We work hard and we will continue to do everything we can to put perpetrators of crime before the courts,” said Phathela.

He said ultimately the decision to place or not to a case on the court roll lies with the courts and such decision could be made for a number of reasons, including lack of evidence, a witness or victim withdrawing their support.

The police will continue investigating the double murder.

* The Advertiser has received several phone calls from Reiger Park community members reacting to the release of the suspect. They expressed their concern for the safety of the family involved, with several others echoing their disappointment in learning that the suspect was let off.

Boksburg Magistrate’s Court Senior Public Prosecutor Advocate Henk Strydom, confirmed that the matter was refused on the roll due to insufficient evidence.

“I can confirm that the accused was brought before a magistrate on his request to “confess” to the matter.

“In the content of his statement, however, he did not confess to any act of murder or any other offence.

“The NPA is obliged to objectively consider the statements by all witnesses and evidence presented to determine if evidence is present and linking an accused to the committal of an offence.

“Postings on social media and tell-tale cannot be used as evidence for purposes of enrolling a matter,” said Strydom. [email protected]

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