Foiled hijacking leaves one suspect dead, one arrested

2011-02-01 00:00

A HIJACK suspect was shot dead by the Durban police dog unit on Saturday morning.

The suspect and his accomplice attempted to hijack Sagathevan Naidoo (48) and his colleague Ramdeen Sookoo (49) on the N3 southbound near Cedara.

The two were en route to make a delivery in Cedara when they stopped their bakkie on the side of the road on the R103 near Khan’s Store in Cedara.

Police spokesperson Warrant Officer Joey Jeevan said one of the hijackers, aged 48, forced both men at gunpoint to climb into the back of the bakkie.

The middle-aged hijacker drove off to the N3 while the other, aged 18, kept guard. However, the victims overpowered him and a scuffle ensued.

The driver stopped the vehicle and came to the aid of his accomplice, said Jeevan in a statement. Naidoo and Sookoo kicked open the door of the bakkie and all four men began fighting.

“The armed suspect fired two shots, hitting Sookoo in the leg.”

Naidoo escaped and ran towards the N3.

He was helped by a passing motorist, who contacted the police. The suspects fled into a nearby maize field after the anti-hijack system kicked in.

Hilton police and Durban dog unit members, who were in the area at the time, found the injured Sookoo and heard about the hijacking.

Police and community members found the suspects behind the Cedara Agricultural College.

Jeevan said the two were ordered to surrender, but the younger one turned around with a firearm in his hand.

Police fired two shots at him and his accomplice surrendered. Paramedics declared the suspect dead a short while later.

The injured victim was taken to hospital and is believed to be in a stable condition.

The 48-year-old suspect will appear in the Pietermaritzburg Magistrate’s Court shortly.

Police recovered a 9mm Norinco Pistol from the deceased which is believed to have been stolen.

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