Multiple offender killed trying to escape from police custody

2009-11-02 00:00

A SUSPECT wanted for multiple offences was killed in custody after he allegedly took a police officer’s gun and tried to escape.

Sixoliseni Nkonya (26) was wanted by Scottburgh police in connection with the brutal murder of a 70-year-old man, attempted murder of the man’s wife, housebreaking and robbery.

The elderly man’s body was found in a pool of blood on the road about 500 metres from his flat in Marine Terrace, Scottburgh, with multiple stab wounds. SAPS spokesman Captain Vincent Pandarum said a neighbour found the body last Tuesday afternoon.

“He had been brutally stabbed all over his body down to his legs. There was a trail of blood leading from the victim’s flat to the road indicating that the victim may have tried to seek help when he collapsed.”

At the flat, police found the man’s wife, who had also been stabbed 10 times. She is recovering well in a Durban hospital.

Pandarum said the motive for the attack has not been established. “It does not appear to be robbery as nothing was … stolen from the victims or from their flat. A kitchen knife found at the scene will be subjected to forensic tests.”

Nkonya was connected to the attack through forensic evidence. “Police records indicated that he had earlier been arrested for aggravated robbery where he allegedly robbed a woman at knife-point in Durban North and had been released on warning by the court. He was due to appear in the Durban court on Friday, but when the Scottburgh SAPS detectives went to the court to arrest him, he was not ther.e He was traced to the Durban Central police station cells where he had been detained for allegedly breaking into a house the previous night,” said Pandarum.

On Saturday, Nkonya was shot and killed at the Scottburgh police station after he allegedly overpowered and disarmed a detective.

Police recovered three spent 9mm cartridges at the scene.

Police said Nkonya was being interviewed by the investigating officer in his office when he asked to use the toilet. The investigating officer unlocked his handcuffs so he could use the toilet, but Nkonya turned on him and a struggle ensued.

The policeman was allegedly overpowered and disarmed in the struggle and shouted to his colleagues for help. As the colleague ran towards the toilet next to the detective offices, a shot rang out.

He kicked open the door, which was slightly ajar and saw Nkonya with a gun, which he allegedly raised and pointed at him. The detective opened fire, hitting Nkonya in the chest. He died on the scene.

It was later established that the earlier gunshot was when a round went off while the officer and Nkonya were grappling for possession of the gun.

The officer dislocated his shoulder during the struggle for the weapon.

An inquest docket has been opened and the Independent Complaints Directorate (ICD) was informed. An ICD investigator has visited the scene.

Nkonya sustained a gunshot wound to the chest.

Pandarum said police records revealed that Nkonya was convicted last year for a drug-related offence as well as assault with intent to do grievous bodily harm.

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