By Lynn Williams
The brutal double murder of a Nelson Mandela Bay pair, found shot in the head at the side of Marine Drive, has left two families reeling.
The bodies of Owen Domingo, 31, of Palmridge, and Sarah-Jane Oliphant, 22, of Bethelsdorp, were found at about 5.30am on Saturday by four passing cyclists. The bodies had been dumped almost 9km apart.
Domingo was shot execution-style in the back of the head and his bloodied body dumped in a ditch close to the back entrance of the Nelson Mandela Metropolitan University. He was fully clothed, but without shoes.
Oliphant was shot in the side of the head. Her body was found near the entrance to Three Pools not far from the Willows resort, and was covered with a blue blanket.
The police confirmed yesterday that four men had been arrested shortly after Domingo‘s red VW Polo was recovered on Saturday night, and two other men had been arrested later.
Details of exactly what happened are still sketchy and, while police would not say if the two had been romantically involved or whether Oliphant had been raped, they confirmed the murders were linked.
It is also not known if they were hijacked on Marine Drive, or if they were taken there by their killers.
Oliphant worked as a bartender at La Dee-Da‘s nightclub in Salsoneville and Domingo was a foreman at Aberdare Cables.
Both r families were too shocked to comment yesterday.
One of the cyclists who found Domingo‘s body said the group had noticed him because he was wearing a red shirt.
She said they had alerted the police and had avoided going near the body to preserve the crime scene. “He was bleeding from the mouth. We found his credit card in the road.
“I know the area is known for the many criminal activities that take place there, but it is still very traumatising to discover a body,” said the cyclist, who did not want to be named.
At the Domingo family home in Palmridge, Owen‘s sister asked the media to respect the family‘s privacy.
“We expected you to come, but we do not want you here, please. I do not want my brother in the newspaper,” she said.
At the Oliphant home in Bethelsdorp, traumatised family and friends from as far as Hankey had come to pay their condolences.
Oliphant‘s father, Ernest, said he was still too upset to speak about the murder of his daughter.
Police spokesman Warrant Officer Alwin Labans said five suspects had been arrested on Saturday and the sixth late yesterday afternoon. Late last night the men, all in their 20s, were still being questioned at the Humewood Police Station.
The men were arrested after Humewood police recovered Domingo‘s car, sound system, mag wheels, medical aid and bank cards, a watch and a ring.
“At this point, we do not want to say where the items or the car were recovered or what led the police to this success, because it could jeopardise our investigation,” Labans said.
“The police also found bullets similar to the ones used in the murder.” The suspects are due to appear in the Port Elizabeth Magistrate‘s Court today.
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