Bleeding burglar: man who died in Hilton was just out of jail

2009-10-06 00:00

THE man who bled to death after apparently cutting himself on a window he smashed as he tried to break into a Hilton home had recently been released from jail after serving a sentence for previous housebreakings in the Hilton area.

Inspector Joey Jeevan told The Witness that the man has been identified as Sibusiso Ure Zuma, aged about 30.

He was released from prison on August 8 after serving a three-year jail sentence for housebreakings in Hilton.

Weekend Witness recently reported that the man, then unidentified, cut himself badly on a window as he broke into a home in Charlotte Road, Hilton, where he stole a laptop. The owners found a pool of blood at the scene. Early the next morning, a security guard at the Hilton station heard someone screaming, but could not find the person straightaway. When he eventually found Zuma, who had been hiding in a train, he was already dead, having suffered a large cut on his leg.

Jeevan said that after seeing the story, two informants contacted the police and named Zuma, and tipped them off about another suspect in that case.

She said Howard Ntshali (23) was subsequently arrested and has appeared in court on charges of housebreaking.

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