Brick throwers on the prowl

2011-11-23 00:00

RESIDENTS of Hayfields and Cleland came under attack by a group of young men in a BWM who threw bricks at homes and cars.

“The group of young men, who are believed to be white South Africans, are driving around the areas on Friday and Saturday nights between 10 pm and 1 am,” said Pietermaritzburg police spokesperson Lieutenant Joey Jeevan.

She said some 10 cases of malicious damage to property have been opened in the past two weeks.

Sonjay Baitchu of Cleland had stones thrown at his house last Saturday evening at about 10 pm. Baitchu said he was in bed with his wife when his bedroom window was shattered.

“We were asleep and the next thing I heard was a big bang.

“I woke up thinking that we were attacked, but I heard no movement inside the house.

My wife drew my attention to a moving vehicle on the road, but I couldn’t identify it as it was gone already when I tried to check it out.

“We were lucky that no one was injured as the brick landed on my bed. My baby boy was sleeping in his cot next to our bed and one could only imagine what could have happened had the brick landed in the cot,” said Baitchu.

After pushing the panic button he undertook an inspection of the house and was shocked to discover that the dining room window was also shattered, with a brick lying in the middle of the room.

“I still can’t make sense of this and if it’s some kind of a joke then it’s a sick one because people can get hurt,” he said.

Minutes after his windows were shattered, other homes and vehicles were hit in various parts of the same area and Hayfields.

Petri van Eck’s car was parked outside his yard when its windows were smashed with bricks.

Van Eck said he had just arrived and had been in his house for a few minutes when his car was hit.

“It was at about 10.30 pm and I heard three light bangs and on investigating I found my car with four broken windows. I saw this BMW driving away, but because it was dark I couldn’t see the registration number,” he said.

He has since repaired his vehicle.

Anyone with information that will assist in the investigation can contact Captain Pieter van Zanten on 033  845 7722 or 079 500 0592.

chris.ndaliso@witness.co.za

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