Luan Preston Murder

On the morning of Saturday 15th June 2019, the body of a farm manager was discovered in his house in Oslo Beach (Port Shepstone). The victim lived alone. 

It would appear that the suspect/s gained access to the home through a door which was left unlocked. There was a struggle between the victim and the attacker/s as the victim had defence wounds and lacerations on his body. The room was in a state of disarray and marks on the victim’s face and neck indicate he was overpowered  and a ligature was used for possible strangulation. 

SAPS LCRC attended the scene and conducted a thorough investigation. 

Items of value that seemed to be missing from the house were a T.V., cell phone, jewellery and a laptop computer.

The accused was arrested a month later after an intensive investigation by a team of Port Shepstone detectives.

Luan Preston

2019
14 June `19, Fri - 21:00

Incident

On the morning of Saturday 15th June 2019, the body of a farm manager was discovered in his house in Oslo Beach (Port Shepstone). The victim lived alone.

 

It would appear that the suspect/s gained access to the home through a door which was left unlocked. There was a struggle between the victim and the attacker/s as the victim had defence wounds and lacerations on his body. The room was in a state of disarray and marks on the victim’s face and neck indicate he was overpowered  and a ligature was used for possible strangulation.

 

SAPS LCRC attended the scene and conducted a thorough investigation.

 

Items of value that seemed to be missing from the house were a T.V., cell phone, jewellery and a laptop computer.

22 July `19, Mon - 00:00

Arrest

1 Month, 7 Days, 15 Hours, 0 Minute
From incident till arrest

Vincent Mziwenkosi Cele (33) has been arrested after an intensive investigation by a team of Port Shepstone detectives, and has been charged with the murder.

 

Cele confessed that he knew Luan did not normally lock the door, and was on the property at 20:00 waiting for the lights to go out. He then entered the house at around 21:00 and when Luan found him in the house a struggle ensued, ending in Luan’s murder. The suspect had been intent on stealing the T.V. and the sound system.

 

The victim and perpetrator knew one another. In other words, Luan was murdered at the hands of Mziwenkosi who was previously trusted and was in fact at one stage employed at the farm.

 

 

12 August `19, Mon - 09:00

Trial/Conviction

21 Days, 9 Hours, 0 Minute
From arrest till trial/conviction

A farm murderer, Vincent Mziwenkosi Cele (33), was sentenced to life imprisonment for the brutal and violent murder of Luan Preston. The Pietermaritzburg High Court sentenced the accused to life imprisonment for murder, 8 years for burglary and 12 years for robbery.

 

https://www.saps.gov.za/newsroom/msspeechdetail.php?nid=21713

 

2031
12 August `31, Tue - 09:00

Parole

12 Years, 3 Days, 0 Hour, 0 Minute
From conviction till possible release on parole

3 Months, 27 Days, 5 Hours, 35 Minutes
Time served

A farm murderer, Vincent Mziwenkosi Cele (33), was sentenced to life imprisonment for the brutal and violent murder of Luan Preston. The Pietermaritzburg High Court sentenced the accused to life imprisonment for murder, 8 years for burglary and 12 years for robbery.

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