Hawks cause damage in raid on wrong house

2011-03-24 08:48

The Hawks caused an estimated R100 000 damage to a house it mistook for Czech fugitive Radovan Krejcir’s property during a raid earlier this week, Beeld newspaper reported today.

“My property was destroyed after they, among other things, damaged the front gate, garage door and front door and ransacked every room in the house,” the owner of the house, Simon Guidetti, told the Afrikaans daily.

“They even ripped the security gates in the house out of the walls,” said Guidetti, who is Krejcir’s neighbour in Bedfordview, east of Johannesburg.
He said he estimated the damage to be in the region of R100 000.

The Hawks used a Nyala armoured vehicle to gain access to Guidetti’s property, which they believed was Krejcir’s house.

“They mistook the gate for the suspect’s gate,” Hawks spokesperson McIntosh Polela said yesterday.

“They went through that house [the wrong house] and over that wall. It provided easy access to the suspect’s house.”

Polela told The Star newspaper that the Hawks would pay for the damage caused.

Krejcir, who was wanted on fraud and murder charges, was not home.

He has been linked to the death of alleged underworld boss Cyril Beeka, who was gunned down in Cape Town on Monday.

When the Hawks eventually found the correct house, they discovered a hit list containing the names of Beeka, security consultant Paul O’Sullivan, a state prosecutor and a medical doctor who was testifying against Krejcir in an insurance fraud case.

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