Biker shot in back in road rage horror killing

2014-02-15 00:00

JOHANNESBURG — Douglas Pearce didn’t get the chance to celebrate Valentine’s Day with his wife and four-year-old daughter. He was shot in the back in a road-rage incident at 7 am yesterday.

Pearce (39) was riding his beloved orange Kawasaki Ninja ZX10 through the peak hour traffic towards Rand Rark Ridge where he lived with wife Tammy and daughter Nicole when he got into an argument with a lawyer in a Chevrolet.

They engaged in a furious exchange of words, and both pulled over into the emergency lane, said police spokesperson Lieutenant-Colonel Katlego Mogale.

“It seems the deceased got off his motorcycle and walked over to the car. Here the men exchanged angry words and it appears the deceased hit the driver.”

Sister paper Beeld learnt that the lawyer, who will appear on a charge of murder on Monday, is being treated for a serious head wound.

Both men had firearms, which increased the explosiveness of the situation, said Mogale. Pearce had a 9 mm pistol and the lawyer, a revolver.

Witnesses said Pearce was turning away towards his motorcycle when the first shot was fired. It hit him from behind, low in the back and punched straight through his body.

The second time the trigger was pulled, the gun made no sound — sources said later this was because there was no bullet in the revolver’s cylinder.

The third shot did fire, and hit Pearce in the left upper arm.

He bled to death at the scene.

Three witnesses said Pearce did not fire a shot, and this was apparently confirmed by gunshot residue tests performed by the police on his hands at the scene. His younger brother, Nigel, confirmed this, but Mogale said it was part of the “facts that will be tested in court”.

“Douglas’s 9 mm fell out of his hand, perhaps when he was hit,” said a witness.

Pearce was declared dead at the scene and the lawyer was taken to hospital under police guard.

Nigel said his brother was a “happy man. He just wanted to be with people and ride his motorbike.”

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