Judgment expected in PE crime fighter murder case

Dewsin Kleinbooi (L) and Eston Afrikaner plead not guilty to murdering Naeem Desai during May 2016. Photo: ANA

PORT ELIZABETH - Judgment will be handed down in the Port Elizabeth High Court on Wednesday in the case of two men charged with the murder of community policing forum founder "Captain" Naeem Desai.

Deswyn Kleinbooi, 22, and Eston Afrikaner, 19 who hail from Helenvale in the city's northern areas, have pleaded not guilty to charges which include murder, robbery with aggravating circumstances, and the unlawful possession of a firearm and ammunition.

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In May 2016, Desai, from Jadeeds Bakery, was delivering bread in Helenvale when he was gunned down and left for dead in his truck in Fitchard Street.

Desai, who was the founder of Malabar Patrols Neighbourhood Watch, would on a daily basis travel to Fitchard Street to conduct business in the area for his brother’s bakery.

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Malabar Patrols is a crime prevention initiative which started in 2008 when community members noticed an alarming increase in crime in the suburb.

At the time, community members said that Desai had been targeted for a long time by alleged members from the “Sestien honde” (Sixteen Dogs) gang.

African News Agency

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