Valeska Abreu
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20 Jan 2016
10:01 am

Top cop’s murder raises suspicions

Valeska Abreu

14 cartridges on the scene, car, phone, service pistol stolen by an unknown number of attackers.

Hennie Lagois, brother of the police officer Reinier Lagois who was shot and killed in Pretoria, speaks briefly to the media on 19 January 2016 in Pretoria outside the home of the deceiced. Picture: Christine Vermooten

Suspicions were raised on over the seemingly senseless slaying of a top Pretoria policeman at his home on Monday evening.

Hennie Logois, the older brother of Lieutenant-Colonel Reinier Logois, who was gunned down in his garden at his home in the Moot area just after 5pm, says he has his own suspicions about the motive for the killing. Reinier Logois was shot multiple times. Although it is not yet clear how many assailants were involved, the suspects fled in the policeman’s vehicle with his cellphone, service pistol and other belongings.

At least 14 cartridges were recovered. Tuesday morning, the police forensic investigation unit was still combing the crime scene. Less than three weeks ago. when Hennie buried his wife, Reinier had been his main support.

“I cannot describe how difficult it is. He helped me bury my wife, now I have to bury him,” Hennie said, tears flowing down his cheeks. Reinier, 43, was head of the support division at Loate police station, north of Pretoria near Hammanskraal. Hennie said his brother’s fiancee was too traumatised to speak and had been taken to hospital.

He said his mother was only notified of her son’s death yesterday morning with a doctor present. “She is in complete shock but, luckily, the doctor was there and gave her something to keep calm.” Hennie described his brother as compassionate, a perfectionist and a dedicated police officer.

“He was previously stationed at the dog school and then at Silverton. He was always caring of others and helped even when he was off duty.” Hennie, himself a former policeman, would not comment on the investigation, but agreed that 14 shots was “excessive”.

“I do have my own suspicions but won’t comment on that. We must allow the police to do their work.” Police spokesperson Brigadier Hangwani Mulaudzi said police were investigating a murder docket and looking into all possibilities. Mulaudzi said that in another incident, Constable Mbuyisela James Concoshi’s body was found in the back seat of his car on the road between Riebeeckstad and Thabong in Welkom, Free State.

“The marks on his neck showed that he was strangled to death,” said Mulaudzi. “He also had wounds on his head.” Concoshi, 34, was attached to the crime prevention unit at Welkom police station. Head of the Hawks, Lieutenant-General Mthandazo Ntlemeza warned that the perpetrators were on the list of the most-wanted suspects and vowed police would hunt them down.