Robbers chop shop owner

2010-01-14 00:00

A LOCAL businessman nearly lost part of his arm when he was chopped by a panga-wielding robber in his shop yesterday morning.

Adil Millican (38) had just opened his supermarket in Victory Road, Northdale, at about 6 am when three thugs charged at him.

According to his sister-in-law Julie Sheriff, the men assaulted Millican, forcing him to the ground, and demanded money.

“They ruffled him up a little bit and while on the floor he tried to get up, and the panga man chopped his arm between the wrist and the elbow.

“That’s as far as we know because he was very weak to talk due to loss of blood,” Sheriff said.

After his assailants ran away with an amount estimated at R5 000, Millican phoned his house, where Sheriff answered.

All he could say was that he had been injured in an armed robbery and the phone went dead.

Sheriff then phoned the police, but they kept on asking for details of the incident.

“I told them that I was at home and I don’t know exactly what had happened. I gave them the address and told them that the man was held up in an armed robbery, but still they kept on asking for details instead of rushing to the scene.

“I got irritated and passed the phone to my sister,” she said.

Eventually the sisters went to the shop and after a while the police arrived, followed by paramedics.

Netcare 911 spokesman Jeff Wicks said Millican was stabilised at the scene by Netcare911 paramedics before he was taken to St Anne’s Hospital.

The victim’s wife, Kayroon, said she was disappointed with the response by the security company contracted to guard the shop.

She said ADT security took “ages” to get to the shop.

“We contracted them for security reasons and the panic signal was sent. A man was lying on the floor in a pool of blood long after he had pressed the panic button. My husband could have died there, for crying out loud.

“I really don’t know why we have an alarm system if you cannot get response when it is needed,” said Kayroon.

ADT customer service consultant Prashni Gopee said she was not in a position to comment.

However, she said their records show there was a four-minute response to the panic signal and that their vehicles have a tracker system.

She said she would pass the query on to the relevant people today.

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