Shooter’s weapons linked to robberies

2014-04-28 00:00

THE arrest of a man for wounding a teenager who had tried to broker peace in an altercation may have opened the door for police to arrest a syndicate of house robbers.

The man was wanted in connection with the shooting of Tevin Suban (19) on Sunday evening last week.

Suban was shot in the shoulder in Bayview, Chatsworth and was admitted to ICU at Chatsmed Hospital. He was released from hospital on Saturday.

Suban’s mother Charmaine Naicker said she was at work when the shooting happened.

“I was told that my son was shot trying to defuse an altercation between the suspect and another neighbour. The bullet was meant for the other neighbour.”

She said he was left fighting for his life in ICU because of severe internal bleeding. Yesterday Naicker said Suban had since been moved away from home and that the family were scared for his life.

Provincial police spokesperson Captain Thulani Zwane said during the investigation police found the alleged shooter in possession of five unlicensed guns and ammunition.

Zwane said some of these guns were stolen from Pinetown and in the Durban Central area.

“The suspect is believed to be part of a gang committing house robberies in the Greater Durban area. He will appear in the Chatsworth Magistrate’s Court on Tuesday for attempted murder and possession of unlicensed firearms and ammunition,” he said.

He would not give more details on how the suspect was linked to the house robberies. “Investigations are continuing and ballistic results from the firearms form part of the investigation.”

Justin Bosse, chairperson of the Pinetown Community Policing Forum, said although he had no details on the firearms recovery, this was a case to monitor closely, as house robbery was a concern throughout the city.

“We had an attempted house robbery about a month ago. Two men got to a house driving a vehicle. The security was quick to respond to the alarm and the men got away,” said Bosse.

MEC for Transport, Community Safety and Liaison, Willies Mchu­nu, applauded the police for the recovery of the firearms. “We hope that this arrest would bring assurance to the community of the quality service rendered by the police,” said Mchunu in a statement.

Provincial police commissioner Lieutenant-General Mmamonnye said the recovered firearms will be sent for ballistic tests to establish if they were used in any other crimes in the province.

“Crime Intelligence members will work hard to try and link the suspect with other house robbery cases that were reported in Durban and the surrounding areas,” she said in a statement.

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