Living in fear in Copesville

2014-03-01 00:00

COPESVILLE residents are living in fear of a group of armed men who have broken into people’s homes, conducted violent robberies and attacked motorists.

In the past week, there have been at least four robberies reported, with the victims losing thousands of rands.

The latest incident was in the early hours of yesterday morning, when two ro three armed men broke into a house, woke up a husband and wife and then shot the husband in the buttocks.

Veron Singh (28) and his wife were sleeping and were woken up by two robbers who demanded money.

When Singh denied that they had any cash, the robbers assaulted him and his wife and one of them shot Singh once in the buttocks, seriously wounding him.

The wife then pleaded with them and handed over a large amount of cash. The suspects then took the money and fled.

Attempts to speak to the family yesterday were unsuccessful.

Colonel Jay Naicker said they believe that the armed robbers may be the same suspects who have been terrorising people in the area for the past week.

On Thursday night, a motorist who was parked on Tourmaline Road in Copesville was wounded.

Shane Pillay (21) was in his car waiting for friends outside their house in Copesville when he was confronted by two armed men.

Pillay, fearing that he was about to be hijacked, started his vehicle and drove off.

During the incident the suspects damaged Pillay’s driver side window and hit him on the head.

He sustained an open wound to his head and was taken to Northdale Hospital for treatment.

Another victim, Jonathan Govender, was held up at his tuck shop on Tuesday, February 25.

“It was three young guys, two of them carrying firearms, one pointed at me and another pointed at my two sons [aged 13 and 10].

“My sons could not sleep for days,” he said.

“These are very young boys, in their 20s. They are terrorising this area. We are fearful of even going outside our gates because we do not know who might be waiting there,” said Govender.

Another victim, who declined to be named, said he was in his yard when three men armed with guns jumped over his wall and told him to take them inside the house.

“When we were inside, they told me that they would kill me if I did not give them what they wanted. I told them to take whatever they want and not harm anyone,” he said.

The criminals ransacked the house, he said.

Naicker said anyone with information can contact Constable Skhumbuzo Ngcobo of SAPS Mountain Rise Detective Services at 033 387 9527 or on his cell at 072 470 3938, or Captain Pipes Haffajee on his cell at 079 500 0264.

Join the conversation!

24.com encourages commentary submitted via MyNews24. Contributions of 200 words or more will be considered for publication.

We reserve editorial discretion to decide what will be published.
Read our comments policy for guidelines on contributions.

24.com publishes all comments posted on articles provided that they adhere to our Comments Policy. Should you wish to report a comment for editorial review, please do so by clicking the 'Report Comment' button to the right of each comment.

Comment on this story
0 comments
Comments have been closed for this article.

Inside News24

 
/News

Book flights

Compare, Book, Fly

Traffic Alerts
Traffic
There are new stories on the homepage. Click here to see them.
 
English
Afrikaans
isiZulu

Hello 

Create Profile

Creating your profile will enable you to submit photos and stories to get published on News24.


Please provide a username for your profile page:

This username must be unique, cannot be edited and will be used in the URL to your profile page across the entire 24.com network.

Settings

Location Settings

News24 allows you to edit the display of certain components based on a location. If you wish to personalise the page based on your preferences, please select a location for each component and click "Submit" in order for the changes to take affect.




Facebook Sign-In

Hi News addict,

Join the News24 Community to be involved in breaking the news.

Log in with Facebook to comment and personalise news, weather and listings.