Bubble gum thief commits suicide

2016-02-24 06:00

A 29-year-old man committed suicide whilst detained in one of the supermarkets in Sundumbili Plaza on Tuesday, 16 February after he was caught stealing three packets of Stimorol chewing gum.

According to a security guard, who wished to remain anonymous and was on duty at the store, he apprehended the man and searched the 29-year-old’s pockets and waist area before he could exit the shop and three packets of Stimorol were found on him.

“We then took him upstairs where we locked him up after taking down his details. After about 30 minutes we heard a loud gunshot coming from upstairs and ran to where he was locked up and discovered that he had shot himself in the chest. We suspect he had hidden the gun in his crotch area,” the guard said.

He added that the 29-year-old, who is reportedly from Thokoza section in Sundumbili, had been at the same shop and had attempted to steal goods the day before.

A source within the SAPS said an unlicensed 9mm pistol loaded with five rounds of ammunition was retrieved next to the deceased’s body.

“An inquest docket was opened at Mandeni SAPS and at this stage the deceased’s relatives have not been located,” the source said.

The KZN SAPS spokesperson was asked whether the deceased was wanted for any other crimes and whether the police had been able to establish whether the bullet that killed the deceased was fired from the same gun found near his body.

The provincial spokesperson, Lieutenant Nqobile Gwala said: “We can confirm that an inquest docket was opened at Mandeni police station on 16 February 2016. It is alleged a male allegedly shot himself inside the business premises. The motive of the shooting is unknown at this stage and police are investigating the circumstances surrounding the incident.”

She said since investigations are underway she cannot divulge any further information.

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