Man tells of panga horror

2010-01-15 00:00

SUPERMARKET owner Adil Millican is still in pain, but recovering at St Anne’s Hospital after his arm was almost chopped off in a robbery at his shop on Wednesday morning.

Millican was attacked just after opening his shop in Victory Road, Northdale at about 6 am.

His assailants escaped with R5 000, leaving him in a pool of blood after chopping his forearm with a panga.

He told The Witness yesterday from his hospital bed that it was a terrible experience.

The robbers caught him just as he was about to go to a back room to pray.

“Everything happened so quick and fast that I couldn’t even figure it out where these men had waited for me.

“One man was at the till area, while the other two pinned me against the counter.

“One of them stabbed me in the back and demanded money. I gave them the money, but they still punched me and that’s when I decided to give them a fight.

“Somehow I lost my balance and I fell down near a snooker table.

“Trying to get back on my feet, I held on to the table and that’s when the panga man chopped my arm,” Millican recounted.

The men then ran away with the cash, leaving him in a pool of blood.

He said he pressed the alarm panic button three times. After a while one of the neighbours to his shop arrived and Millican asked him to press the other panic button in the kitchen.

When he heard ADT security company’s claims that they responded in four minutes he became furious.

“That they responded to the alarm in four minutes is bull dust. I heard from the neighbourhood that during the attack or close to the time of the attack the company’s security vehicle was cruising in the neighbourhood. They shouldn’t lie when they have failed me as their client,” he said.

Operating doctor orthopaedic surgeon Dr Pramod Gongal said Millican was seriously injured. Eleven tendons in his arm were cut and he suffered a broken wrist. It will take four to six months for the wound to heal.

Police spokeswoman Inspector Joey Jeevan said charges of armed robbery and assault with intent to do grievous bodily harm are being investigated.

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