Guards killed in two robberies

2009-08-10 00:00

THE weekend saw two security guards shot and another battered to death in the midlands.

On Saturday evening the body of an man was found with a gunshot wound to the neck.

Another man was found at the scene with a gunshot wound in the the lower left leg.

He identified himself as Derrick Bheki Bhengu (38).

The dead man was later identified only as Mkhize (37).

According to police reports, Mkhize and Bhengu were employed as security guards.

They were allegedly sitting under a bridge with their company issued shotguns after patrolling the area when they heard multiple gunshots being fired from the bridge above them.

“The deceased and the victim fled from the bridge to nearby bushes, intending to hide,” said Police spokesman Senior Superintendent Henry Budhram.

“In the process, they were fired upon by the suspects.”

The guards allegedly abandoned their firearms.

Bhengu allegedly hid in a bush from where he observed a man come down from the bridge and collect their firearms from where they had been seated.

The suspect was accompanied by two others. They all then fled on foot.

In another incident, which involved a robbery, a young security guard was found battered to death at a used car lot in the city centre on Friday morning.

When police arrived at the crime scene, they were shown the body of a man aged about 25 with multiple head injuries.

They have yet to establish the instrument used in the attack.

Budhram added that after attacking the security guard, the robbers forced open the rear door of the building and entered the offices.

They took car keys from the office to steal cars from the premises.

A cream Ford Ranger double cab was reported stolen, he said.

He added that another vehicle, a Mazda 323, was found on the premises with the key in the ignition.

Budhram said investigations led the police to a main road in the France area where the Ford Ranger bakkie was found.

“At the moment, no arrests have been made.

“We suspect that a group of about four were involved,”” said Budhram.

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