Suicide cop’s victim recovering

2010-06-28 00:00

A 26-YEAR-old woman is recovering at Edendale Hospital after she was shot twice by a police constable, who a few days later committed suicide in the presence of his wife, as reported in The Witness last week.

Raziah Mathakutha, who had a birthday on Tuesday, was shot in the left arm and chest. The incident happened at her boyfriend’s house in Smero, Edendale, at about 8.30 pm on Saturday, June 19.

The alleged gunman, Constable Armstrong Malibongwe Mtintso (26) of Mountain Rise police station, shot himself while sitting with his wife in their vehicle in Royston Road in Mountain Rise. It is believed that he shot Mathakutha with his service firearm, the same one he used to kill himself.

Police spokesperson Warrant Officer Joey Jeevan said Mtintso killed himself while the police were looking for him in connection with the attempted murder.

Before the shooting on Saturday, Mathakutha, her boyfriend, the Mtintsos and a group of friends attended a party at the boyfriend’s house.

Jeevan said tht later Mathakutha’s boyfriend asked all the friends to leave, but Mtintso stayed behind, grabbed Mathakutha and insisted she come with him. When she refused, they argued and Mtintso drew his firearm and shot at her twice. He then fled in a friend’s vehicle, she said.

The police could not find Mtintso at his home when they went there to arrest him. Then on Monday at about 4.30 pm he shot himself in the head.

Mathakutha’s mother, who asked The Witness not to reveal her name, said Mathakutha had no relationship with Mtintso.

“They were not in love. Raziah had refused to go out with Mtintso … he was a friend of the late father of her child,” said the mother.

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