‘I am going to kill you’

2014-10-03 00:00

“I AM going to kill you.”

This is what one of three armed men told Niel Paparam while pointing a gun at him outside his Hayfields home on Wednesday night.

Moments later he had to flee for his life as the gunmen opened fire and pursued him down the road.

Paparam (43) said he arrived at his Field Road home at 7 pm and parked his car outside. He was preparing to leave a few minutes later after he’d fed his dogs.

As he and a friend walked towards the car and were talking outside the gate, they became suspicious of a vehicle parked a few metres from Paparam’s VW Polo with its doors slightly ajar.

“As I was typing in the number plate [on a cellphone], three men jumped out and pulled out guns,” said Paparam.

One man pointed a gun at him telling him he was going to kill him. “As soon as he cocked his gun, I bolted down the road. I knew I had to get away as far as possible,” he said.

Paparam’s friend ran back into the property as the three men chased after Paparam, firing multiple shots as Paparam made his escape.

Paparam said he heard between five to 10 shots being fired behind him as he ran for his life down into the next street, using the darkness of the night to hide him.

“The men must have realised they were drawing attention to themselves because they got into their car and sped away.”

A neighbour who heard the shots said he was concerned but didn’t know what had happened.

He said he had been living at his home for a number of years and this was the first time a crime had been committed in Field Road.

Paparam, who owns a cellular phone shop in town, said he believes the attackers were after his car.

He said he has lived in his home for six years without much security, and always felt safe.

After this week’s incident, however, he will be installing perimeter cameras, security alarms and hiring a security company, he said.

The hijackers’ car was a silver Toyota Corolla with a NP registration.

Provincial police spokesperson Captain Thulani Zwane said police are investigating a case of attempted murder in connection with the incident.

No arrests had been made yesterday.

A senior member of Scottsville Extension Neighbourhood Watch said that despite the recent spike in criminal activity in the Hayfields area, there is no Hayfields Neighbourhood Watch. The member said Scottsville extension was trying to extend its reach to other surrounding areas such as Hayfields.

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