Robbers kill shop owner

2015-08-18 06:01
Police are seen outside the Broadway Confectionery and Deli where the shop owner Manuel Correia was shot and killed by armed robbers on Friday

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tiyese jeranji

Police are seen outside the Broadway Confectionery and Deli where the shop owner Manuel Correia was shot and killed by armed robbers on Friday PHOTO: tiyese jeranji

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Manuel ‘Manny’ Correia (72), owner of Broadway Confectionery and Deli on Voortrekker Road in Maitland, who was shot and killed in an armed robbery at his shop, has been described as a hero, beautiful gem and someone who had the interests of people at heart.

Correia who is originally from Madeira in Portugal and had spent more that half a century in Cape Town. He was shot and killed last week Friday in an incident that left customers and staff in the shop in fear and their stomachs turning because of what they had seen.

It is alleged that three men, of whom one was armed, entered the shop and ordered everyone to lie on the floor.

The suspects took all the money in the tills and they also demanded the money in the safe.

A friend of the Correia, who was in the shop at the time of the robbery, was hit on the head with a fire-arm. Both were rushed to a nearby hospital. Correia died a few hours later at the Vincent Pallotti Hospital. It is alleged that the bullet which hit him in the face penetrated through his tongue and ended up on his spine.

The doctors tried to do all they can, but he succumbed to the bullet wound. His friend is recovering well after he was treated at the hospital.

It is alleged that the three suspects started loitering around the shop short after 08:00 to monitor the situation in the shop. About 30 minutes later they entered the shop posing as customers and then forced everyone to lie on the floor. They then demanded money from staff members who were minding the tills as well as from customers.

A regular customer who was there when the incident happened, spoke to People’s Post on condition of anonymity and says at first Correia wasn’t aware of what was happening.

“One of the employees who was standing in the kitchen of the shop alerted Correia. The employee who was in the kitchen told Correia who was next to her not to go into the shop because the people are going to rob him. Coming from the back of the shop, Correia encountered a man at the till who opened fire and hit him in his face as he walked to the front of the shop. There was blood all over because he was bleeding badly,” the customer says.

Correia’s son allegedly begged the suspect not to kill his father as they did not have keys to the safe. The robbers then settled for the money which was in one of the drawers and they left.
The robbers sped away in a car with hazard lights flashing. Though police officers tried their best to chase them, they lost track of the car.

A customer, David Evans, said Correia was such a good person. “I have been coming to this shop all my life. Manuel had good customer care and he took pride in what he did. It’s so bad that crime had to rob us of the people that have been so good to and our community. We hope that the police will do their best and the robbers never live to see the light of day.”

Police spokesperson Constable Lorencial Johnson confirmed the incident. “A case of business robbery and murder is being investigated and the amount of money the suspects fled with is at this stage unknown. No one has been arrested yet and investigations still continue,” Johnson said.


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