Couple found shot dead

2011-05-09 00:00

KWAZULU-NATAL police are investigating the circumstances surrounding the deaths of a couple who were found shot dead at Cliffdale near Hammarsdale late on Friday night.

The couple were identified as Britz Sykes (33) of the Drummond area and his estranged wife, Claudette, who was living in Hillcrest.

Police Captain Thulani Zwane told The Witness that police were notified about an alleged hijacking in the Hillcrest area at about 4 pm on Friday and were given a description of a vehicle.

They learnt later that the bodies of the couple and the vehicle had been found in the Cliffdale area between 10 and 11 pm that night.

“It appears that the woman was shot inside the vehicle in her body as well as her head, and the man thereafter turned the gun on himself. “We found a 7,65 mm pistol lying near his body. He was lying outside the car when he died.”

Zwane said it seems Sykes confronted his wife in Hillcrest, forced her into the passenger seat of her car and drove to Cliffdale where the shooting occurred.

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