Five suspects released in Alyssa Botha (13) murder case

Five people arrested in connection with the killing of a teenager in Muldersdrift were released on Thursday, Gauteng police said.

Lt-Col Katlego Mogale said the five men who appeared in the Krugersdorp Magistrate’s Court on Thursday were released, as there was “no evidence” linking them to the murder.

The men were accused of attacking and robbing a man and his two daughters in Muldersdrift last week.

Armed robbers approached the family in their driveway and ordered them out of the car.

The 13-year-old girl Alyssa Botha, her 17-year-old sister, and their father were shot at after their cellphones were taken.

They were taken to hospital, where the younger sister died.

On Wednesday, police said the five men had been arrested in an informal settlement in Zwartkops and others in Diepsloot.

A memory card belonging to one of the teenage girls was found on one of the men.

Mogale said police were investigating how the man had got hold of the memory card. – Sapa