Reaction Unit SA crime report

2017-03-16 06:02

Dead baby mistaken for plastic doll: Phoenix

The body of a partially clad baby was discovered in a dump site near a stream that separates Palmview in Phoenix from Riet River in Verulam on Tuesday, 28 March.

At approximately 11:45am members of Reaction Unit South Africa (Rusa) were called out to the area by a scrap metal collector who found the baby on a pile of rubble.

Officers and paramedics located the area that was pointed out by the scrap collector. Officers found a baby boy lying on his side with visible bodily injuries.

The baby was wearing a Dryper brand diaper and he was covered with a new pair of blue denim jeans. Paramedics assessed the child and found that the baby was deceased. It was estimated that the child was approximately four months old.

According to the scrap metal collector who is a resident of Parkgate in Verulam, he was collecting scrap on the pathway leading to Phoenix when he noticed the new pair of jeans. He then picked up the jeans and assumed that the deceased baby was a plastic doll. Upon inspection he realised that it was a human baby and contacted Reaction Unit South Africa for assistance.

A case of murder is being investigated.

Driver killed in collision: Tongaat

One person was killed following a collision between a Mercedes-Benz car and a Mercedes-Benz truck on the R102 near the Buffelsdale entrance in Tongaat.

At approximately 1.30pm on Tuesday, 28 March members of Reaction Unit South Africa were dispatched to the scene after receiving several calls from passing motorists reporting the collision. Upon arrival the Ethekwini Fire and Rescue Services as well as paramedics from a private ambulance service were on scene.

The Jaws of Life had to be used to remove the critically injured driver from the vehicle. Paramedics attempted to stabilise the man however, due to the extent of his injuries, he died on scene.

It is alleged that the Mercedes-Benz 230E was travelling in the direction of Verulam when the driver lost control of his vehicle and veered into the oncoming lane. The Actros truck collided into the light motor vehicle dragging it approximately 60 metres onto an embankment adjacent to the road. The force of the impact resulted in the front of the car including the engine and gear box being ripped off.

The occupants of the truck were not injured in the collision.

Firearms stolen during house robbery: Ottawa

At approximately 12pm on 2 March members of Reaction Unit South Africa were dispatched to a home in Ottawa after receiving reports of an armed robbery that had occurred.

Upon arrival it was established that six armed suspects in a white motor vehicle had removed the cover off the gate motor and used the override button to open the driveway gate. The suspects then forced their way into the garage before breaking a door leading into the house.

Two armed men then held the two domestic workers and a two-year-old boy at gunpoint while their accomplices searched the home for valuables.

A safe containing a 9mm Beretta pistol and a Winchester shot gun, two plasma TVs and jewellery were then loaded into their getaway vehicle. The suspects then took off in the direction of Phoenix.

The victims were not injured during the robbery.

Illegal electricity connection blamed for shack fire: Verulam

At approximately 1pm on 3 March members of Reaction Unit South Africa were dispatched to an informal settlement in Canelands, Verulam after receiving reports of a shack on fire.

Upon arrival officers found that one shack was completely engulfed in flames and the fire was spreading to other shacks in the vicinity.

With the use of garden hoses officers managed to contain the fire to one shack. The Ethekwini Fire and Rescue Services arrived on scene and extinguished the blaze which completely destroyed the shack and its contents.

It is alleged that the fire started due to an illegal electricity connection. No one was injured in the fire.
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- Supplied.

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