S. Africa police hunt French couple sought for murder

16th January 2011, Comments 0 comments

South African police said Sunday they were hunting a French couple suspected of killing a policeman during a search of their rented house in the west of the country.

Hendrik Swart, a police spokesman in Northern Cape province said the two French suspects, a man believed to be about 60 and his wife believed to be in her 50s had lived as tenants on a farm in Sutherland, 350 kilometers (210 miles) from Cape Town for 10 years.

He said police went to the farm with a search warrant Friday after being contacted by the owner who suspected the couple of having illegal weapons.

Weapons were seized during the search but as police sought to take the man in custody his wife opened fire, instantly killing a police constable.

"Student Constable Jacob Boleme, 27 years old, was killed instantly," the spokesman said. "Another police official, Warrant Officer Glenwall Du Toit, 42, was then shot in the back."

Swart said the couple, who were not idnetified, left aboard a vehicle but after finding themselves cornered they ran away.

"At this stage they are still at large and it is believed that they might still be on the farm or in the vicinity of the farm," he added.

The spokesman said two dozen crack police and two helicopters were rushed to the scene to nab the suspects.

© 2011 AFP

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