Archive for April, 2006

Farmer dies after attack

Posted in Uncategorized on 25 April, 2006 by rudiprinsloo

24/04/2006 15:10 – (SA)

Brits – A 40-year-old farmer died in hospital after he was shot on his farm in the North West province on Friday night, police said.

De Ville Roos, 40, and Johanna Roos, 37, were attacked on their farm in Uitvalgrond in the Sonop area near Brits at about 19:30, Marico area spokesperson Inspector Erica Roos said on Monday.

The couple were in the kitchen when an armed man entered through an unlocked door and demanded they lie face down on the floor. He then fired three shots at Roos, hitting him twice in the chest and once in the neck.

A second man entered the house and demanded vehicle keys from Johanna Roos, while a third suspect carried a television set and a computer outside.

The men fled when they saw lights at the gate from a security company responding to the alarm which had gone off when the shots were fired. The stolen items were found outside the house.

Roos was taken to hospital and died on Saturday from bullet wounds. His wife was not injured.

Police are investigating.

Source:News24
http://www.news24.com/News24/South_Africa/News/0,,2-7-1442_1921770,00.html

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Woman gunned down outside Craighall home

Posted in Uncategorized on 23 April, 2006 by rudiprinsloo

April 22 2006 at 08:29AM

By Noor-Jehan Yoro Badat and Sheree Russouw

It should have been a routine morning on Friday for Tessa Goldworthy as she slowly reversed out of the driveway of her home in Craighall Park, Johannesburg. Her grandchild, three, was in the car, as well as a 23-year-old friend.

Suddenly the sound of gunshots disturbed the quiet suburb as Goldworthy was gunned down by four armed hijackers who approached her car as she was reversing into Hamilton Street.

Police spokesperson Captain Schalk Bornman said the gang had ordered Goldworthy to get out of her silver Mercedes-Benz C180 Kompressor.

‘She was a fine friend’ According to local security company ADT, a neighbour of Goldworthy’s “heard screaming and ran inside his home”, where he pressed his panic button.

But it was too late. Goldworthy had been shot twice in the chest and died shortly afterwards. No one else was injured in the attack.

Roy Rawlins, managing director of ADT Security’s western region, said his response unit arrived minutes after the shooting.

“When we heard it was a hijacking, we dispatched a back-up vehicle,” he said. “Our vehicle was shot at five times – but none of our reaction officers were injured. When our back-up vehicle arrived, the hijackers pushed the officer on the ground, hijacked his car and drove away, obviously not aware that the car was equipped with GPS [global positioning system]. Our other vehicle gave chase.”

“The suspects crashed into a vehicle on William Nichol Drive in Sandton,” he said.

“When the hijackers drove away, the reaction officers shot after them. We believe we hit one of them because when our officers approached the crashed car, it was covered with blood. The suspects fled on foot. One of the guns was recovered.”

When Rawlins heard of the incident, he went to Goldworthy’s home, where her son had just heard of her death.

“It was really sad – our officers have had to receive trauma counselling for this. The whole suburb is on high alert now.”

Shocked family members, friends and neighbours gathered outside Goldworthy’s home. Family members were too traumatised to speak to the media. Her eldest son had apparently collapsed upon hearing the news of her death.

Pam Wilson, a friend of Goldworthy’s, said she and Goldworthy, a widow, had just spent “a nice weekend together”.

“I had just brought flowers to her to say thanks,” she said, shaking her head in dismay.

Apparently it was not the first time that Goldworthy had been the victim of a hijacking.

A domestic worker who worked for Goldworthy for 19 years said: “She was a fine friend. We were born the same year.”

Residents added that Hamilton Street had become a target for criminals. “This is the second murder within three weeks in Craighall Park,” said one concerned resident.

Bornman said a case of attempted hijacking, murder and theft of a motor vehicle has been opened at Parkview police station.

The Johannesburg Anti-Hijacking Unit was investigating the incident. No arrests had been made by last night.

This article was originally published on page 2 of Saturday Star on April 22, 2006

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Man killed, wife injured in Pretoria highway

Posted in Uncategorized on 23 April, 2006 by rudiprinsloo

April 22 2006 at 02:11PM

A man was shot dead and his wife was stabbed when their car broke down on the N14 highway near Olievenhoutbosch, Pretoria police said on Saturday.

Spokesperson Superintendent Paul Ramoloko said the couple and their two sons were on their way to Krugersdorp on Friday night when their car broke down.

“They called someone for help. While they were waiting, unknown gunmen approached them. The husband was shot and he died on the scene.”

His wife was stabbed in the arm and was taken to hospital.

Ramoloko said the two boys, aged six and eight, were not injured.

The men also stole some of the family’s belongings.

No arrests have been made yet. Police are investigating a case of murder and armed robbery, Ramoloko said. – Sapa

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Woman needs surgery after hijacking horror

Posted in Uncategorized on 18 April, 2006 by rudiprinsloo

IOL Staff Reporter

April 18 2006 at 05:31AM

A woman who was driven over during a hijacking outside her Pretoria home remains in a serious condition in hospital.

Frieda Lombard, 53, was about to drive into the driveway of her Waverley home on Saturday when a gunman dragged her from her Nissan Almera and threw her beneath the car, before driving over her twice.

Lombard, who was taken to Pretoria East Hospital, sustained a fractured skull, a smashed ankle and lacerations to her legs.

Lombard’s husband, Pieter, on Monday said his wife was due to undergo surgery, but it had been postponed.

“Doctors are hoping that she will be stable enough to operate on on Tuesday,” said Lombard.

Police spokesperson Inspector Lucas Sithole said they were searching for the hijacker and were appealing to anyone with information on his identity or whereabouts to contact the police.

This article was originally published on page 2 of The Star on April 17, 2006

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Hijacker drives over woman during getaway

Posted in Uncategorized on 17 April, 2006 by rudiprinsloo

Graeme Hosken

April 17 2006 at 05:17AM

A Pretoria woman is in a serious condition in hospital after a hijacker drove over her with her car during his attempt to escape.

Frieda Lombard, 53, who is in the Pretoria East Hospital’s intensive care unit, was about to pull into the driveway of her Waverly home on Saturday when a gunman attacked her, pulling her out of her car and throwing her to the ground beneath her vehicle.

Screaming for help as she tried to stand up and run to safety, Lombard smashed her head on the pavement and was dragged beneath her new Nissan Almera as her attacker reversed the car over her.

The hijacker, who had a handgun, crushed her left ankle and lacerated her legs as he drove over her again before racing off.

‘I ran as fast as I could to see what was happening’ Lombard was rushed to the hospital’s emergency room, where doctors spent four hours stabilising her.

Lombard’s shaken husband, Pieter, 58, said he had been in the kitchen fixing a stove when he had heard his wife screaming.

“I ran as fast as I could to see what was happening,” he said.

As he ran outside, Lombard watched and listened in horror as his wife screamed in agony when she was dragged beneath their car as the hijacker drove over her.

Coming to his wife’s aid, Lombard shouted for help as his wife lay bleeding on the pavement.

Neighbours and a shop owner, who had tried to stop the hijacker, tried frantically to stem the bleeding while waiting for paramedics.

Lombard said he could not believe how quickly the attack had happened.

“It is as though life means nothing to these criminals. It is as though criminals have a licence that allows them to take what they want and do what they want,” he said.

He said his wife would be undergoing reconstructive surgery to her ankles on Monday.

Lombard said he was waiting for the police to contact him to say what was happening with the investigation, or whether there was anything they needed to do to help the police.

Police spokesperson Lucas Sithole confirmed that a case of hijacking and attempted murder was being investigated.

“Although no arrests have been made, we are confident of making a breakthrough soon and are following up on a number of leads,” he said.

This article was originally published on page 1 of The Mercury on April 17, 2006

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My parents are statistics

Posted in Uncategorized on 16 April, 2006 by rudiprinsloo

13/04/2006 08:07 – (SA)

Danel Blaauw , Die Volksblad

Bloemfontein – An elderly Free State couple were attacked with hammers and bricks on Wednesday in one of several farm attacks that have flared up countrywide.

Blood splattered on walls, carpets, bed linen and matresses bore testimony to the gruesome attack on a smallholding at Bloemspruit outside Bloemfontein.

Dentures found in a pool of blood and a brick nearby formed part of the scene.

Four of the five dogs belonging to Ivan Jacobs, 72, and Gwendoline Jacobs, 56, were apparently poisoned just minutes before they were attacked.

A young male boerboel was the only dog who survived the attack on the smallholding in Station Street.

Fanie Jacobs, Gwendoline’s son from Bloemfontein, said Ivan Jacobs had been overpowered after going to check why the dogs weren’t making their usual racket.

Police spokesperson captain Elsa Gerber said the attackers had cut a hole in the fence before allegedly poisoning the dogs. Three men apparently waited for Jacobs and overpowered him when he left the house.

‘A lot of blood’

He was hit over the head from behind with a hammer and a brick, before being forced back inside the house, where they continued to assault him, said Gerber.

“Take photographs and show the public what is going on here,” said Jacobs jnr. “I was part of the public, until my parents became part of the statistics.”

Gwendoline called her son between 08:50 and 09:30. “She just said she’d been attacked and that there was a lot of blood.”

It was the first time they were attacked in the ten years they’d been living here. “My mother can’t remember anything about the attack. Ivan was beaten on the knee, hip, and body with a hammer. I think he was also stabbed with a knife.

“Both were attacked from behind and beaten,” he said.

The three robbers fled with a Nokia cellphone and a .38 Special revolver. They left in Gwendoline’s red Ford Laser, registration number BHC 105 FS.

The serious violent crime unit, dog unit, flying squad, Bloemspruit police station and the criminial record centre combed the area for clues on Wednesday morning.

Suspects still at large

The acting commander for the serious violent crime unit, captain Francois Laux, said they’d found the abandoned vehicle in Phase 6, Bloemspruit about 16:00. “Witnesses saw the men get out of the car carrying parcels.”

Elke de Witt, spokesperson for the health department, said Gwendoline had been discharged from Pelonomi hospital late on Wednesday afternoon.

She’d been treated for injuries to the head, shock and bruises.

Ivan was being treated for head injuries.

De Witt said he was conscious. His condition was serious but stable.

The suspects are still at large.

Source: News24
http://www.news24.com/News24/South_Africa/News/0,,2-7-1442_1916004,00.html

Man’s feet boiled in farm attack

Posted in Uncategorized on 16 April, 2006 by rudiprinsloo

April 15 2006 at 02:48PM

By Tash Reddy

An elderly KwaZulu-Natal couple have been driven off the farm they have lived on all their lives after a brutal and prolonged attack that caused the wife to suffer a heart attack and left the husband with such severe burns to his feet that the soles came off.

Their assailants had forced him into the bath where they scalded him with boiling water. The soles of his feet were later found on the dining room table.

Koos van Wyk, 82, and his wife Tina, 57, were surprised by a gang of five armed men last Friday evening at their Gluckstadt game farm near Vryheid and endured hours of torture before the suspects looted their home and fled.

Severe internal injuries Van Wyk is recovering at the Bay Hospital in Richards Bay. His wounds are so severe that doctors could only clean and treat them. He will have to wait a further two to four weeks before doctors decide whether a skin graft is possible.

His wife Tina also sustained severe internal injuries, including to her heart, after she was assaulted, stepped on and repeatedly kicked around.

After suffering a heart attack, she has spent a week in the intensive care unit at Inkosi Albert Luthuli Hospital.

The couple said they believed the criminals were motivated by hate and not greed. “If they wanted the money they would have taken it. It seems like they were not motivated by greed but by a need to be brutal and malicious.

“We hope that, if they are found, the law gives them the maximum penalty. We don’t plan to go back to the farm. Our belongings will be kept in storage and we will be staying with family,” they said.

‘We will be staying with family’

Van Wyk’s stepson Len van der Merwe said the family was incensed at the police’s inability to find the culprits.

“I think it’s pathetic. We’ve received no word from them after the attack,” he said.

Van der Merwe said that he was still finding it difficult to accept the events of that fateful night. “They were watching television in the living room when my stepfather decided to take a bath. He had just got out when they heard the attackers break down the kitchen door and also saw them come inside through windows,” he said.

“My mother yelled that they were being attacked and they ran to the bedroom but before they could close the door, the attackers got in. They hit my stepfather in the face with the butt of an AK-47 and then tied up both of them with rope. It was so tight it cut through their flesh,” Van der Merwe said.

The attackers then took his mother into the living room and left her on the floor before proceeding to the bathroom with Van Wyk.

“They turned on the hot water and let it run. They used tape to gag him and put him into the boiling water. It severely burned his feet and buttocks.

“While they were busy with him, the two other guys went to my mother and told her they had killed him. They threatened to cut out her eyes if she didn’t tell them where the safe keys were. They found only R250 and started ransacking the house,” he said.

Meanwhile, one of the attackers grabbed the woman by her feet and started to drag her to the bedroom.

“I am sure he intended to rape her. He told her that he would make her feel like a ‘special woman’ that night but he was distracted and left her alone,” said Van der Merwe.

“She was left in a hallway where all five men stepped on her breasts, legs and stomach.

“After that they loaded my parents’ 4×4 bakkie and fled. My mother heard my stepdad groan in the bedroom and crawled to him by sliding along. She found a penknife on the floor and managed to free them. She then called a friend to call the police,” he said.

Det Insp GM Zondo said that when he arrived at the couple’s farm, their home was completely ransacked.

“They took the television, two sewing machines, money, three firearms, jewellery and the couple’s vehicle. We have no leads and don’t believe we will make arrests soon,” Zondo said.

This article was originally published on page 3 of The Independent on Saturday on April 15, 2006

Source:IOL
http://www.int.iol.co.za/index.php?set_id=1&click_id=15&art_id=vn20060415085420256C850797