Cape Town – Police in Gauteng have released the identity of the suspect accused of multiple cases of arson, murder, and burglary in the East and North parts of Johannesburg.
Police spokesperson Colonel Dimakatso Sello said in a statement that in all incidents, the suspect, Sentious Novans, would break in at affluent houses and after stealing property, set the houses alight.
He was previously sentenced to seven years of which four years were suspended for five years, said Sello.
Earlier this year, several cases of arson were reported in which a lone arsonist was said to be torching residents’ homes in Johannesburg’s upmarket suburbs of Hyde Park, Dunkeld, and Illovo after breaking in.
#sapsGP Sentious Novans s suspected to be involved in multiple cases of arson, murder and burglary in the East and North parts of Johannesburg. Info – > WO Magongoa 071 351 4189 or Lt Col Prowse on 079 498 2435 or #CrimeStop 08600 10111. NPhttps://t.co/dUWucKZUVp pic.twitter.com/kGpPkG3PoL
— SA Police Service 🇿🇦 (@SAPoliceService) September 10, 2022
Reports indicated that the arsonist entered the homes, helped himself to food, and left his mark by defecating in the houses before setting them alight.
Sello said anyone with positive information that can lead to the arrest of Novans was urged to contact the investigating officer, Warrant Officer Magongoa on 071 351 4189 or Lieutenant Colonel Prowse on 079 498 2435.
“The Crime Stop Line can also be contacted on 08600 10111, alternatively anonymous tip-offs can be reported via MySaps application which can be downloaded on any smartphone. Information received will be treated with strictest confidence,” said Sello.
Compiled by Betha Madhomu