6 due in court after shooting deaths

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Six people are expected to appear in the Athlone Magistrate’s Court on Monday in connection with the murder of a man and a woman and the attempted murder of a 6-year-old and a 14-year-old in a bloody gang shoot-out in Athlone at the weekend.

Police opened a second murder docket after 18-year-old Ebrahim Daniels died in hospital on Saturday after the exchange of gunfire in Kewtown on Friday that killed Anne Marks, 58.

The men will also face charges for the illegal possession of a firearm.


Provincial police spokesman Lieutenant-Colonel André Traut confirmed that Daniels had died of his injuries.

It was reported that rival gangs opened fire at about 5pm on Friday.

Anne Marks, who had been visiting a friend, was shot in the chest as she entered her home in Block Seven.

Her daughter, Monique Marks, 19, got home from work to find her mother’s blanket-covered body in the doorway. ”An illegal firearm was also confiscated,” Traut said.

The condition of the injured children could not be confirmed.

Earlier, 16-year-old Amien Dixon, a student at Stonefountain College in Athlone, was hit in the neck and killed by a stray bullet near his home on Tuesday ,March 5. He had been climbing the stairs to his flat.

A 31-year-old man, believed to the target, ran up the stairs behind Amien and was followed by gang members. The man was hit in the arm but was able to run off.

Police are investigating a case of murder and attempted murder.

Cape Argus

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