‘Berserk’ man damages vehicles

2014-02-13 00:00

A MAN went berserk in Scottsville yesterday morning, attacking cars and motorists and causing damage and terror.

This comes days after a man dubbed the “crazy ninja” went on the rampage in Church Street.

The tall, well-dressed man began attacking motorists at the King Edward Road intersection in Scottsville at around 10 am yesterday.

People witnessing the event thought it was the same man who had been arrested the previous week for attacking people for no apparent reason.

The man allegedly began damaging cars around the intersection of King Edward and Coronation roads near the Nedbank Mall.

He allegedly smashed the vehicle of an elderly couple who were waiting at the robot near the Nedbank mall.

He’s alleged to have shattered their windscreen with his fists, broken off the windscreen wipers and began to hit the couple with the wiper blades through the opening in the windscreen.

A woman who was in the car behind was shocked when she saw his actions and phoned the police to come to the scene.

The woman, who did not want to be named, alleged the man caused chaos for 15 minutes before the police apprehended him.

She said, “The elderly couple were shocked and were too shaken to start their car. After them, he came for my car. He ripped the windscreen wipers off and he leaned in through the passenger window and hit my husband with a wiper blade.

“He narrowly missed hitting my baby who was sitting in the baby seat; luckily I moved my arm to the back and he hit me instead.”

She told The Witness that it took six police officers to tackle the man to the ground.

The woman has laid a charge of assault and damage to property, along with three other people.

“After me he went to the car behind me and smashed the window and then he ripped off the side mirrors from the car behind that.

“It was extremely terrifying. People on the sidewalk were just watching and screaming,” she alleged.

The Witness arrived at the Alexandra Road police station as the suspect was being taken out of the cells to go to hospital for assessment.

The man was screaming and resisting and four strong policemen had to muscle him into the back of a van. Inside the van he threw himself around the vehicle like a caged animal shouting; “Hallelujah”, “haibo” and “voetsek inja”.

Police could not confirm if it was the same man who went wild in Church Street a week earlier.

Northdale Hospital PRO Mandisa Dlamini said, “We believe it is the same man, but he was transferred to Townhill Hospital.” But unofficial police sources said it was a different man.

Last week the man dubbed the “crazy ninja” was shot in the leg by policemen who were unable to subdue him.

He was sent to Northdale Hospital for observation. When he was due to appear in court last week he refused to leave the cells. The magistrate dismissed the case until further evidence was presented so that proper charges could be formulated. Police were awaiting CCTV footage and witness statements testifying to his violent behaviour.

Police confirmed charges were laid against the man yesterday.

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