Fleeing robbers jump off cliff

2010-09-20 09:01
Pietermaritzburg - Three alleged housebreakers and robbers lay at the bottom of Kloof gorge for several hours with serious injuries before help arrived in the form of a police helicopter, after they plunged over the cliff edge in darkness whilst fleeing a crime scene.

Police spokesperson Colonel Jay Naicker said members of the police dog unit who initially responded to the report of a house robbery at Kloof during the early hours of Saturday searched in vain for the gang.

“It was only the following morning that somebody spotted a person lying at the bottom of the gorge and a rescue party was launched,” he said.

Serious injuries

Naicker said police found three men, all with serious injuries, lying at the bottom of the gorge. They were airlifted out by police helicopter.

Several items of property stolen during the robbery were also recovered and identified by the homeowner, he said. The name of the robbery victim was not released by police, apparently at his request.

Naicker said the 56-year-old victim was woken at about 03:00 by intruders in his home in Quinton Smythe Road in Kloof, one of whom threatened him with a screwdriver.

“He only saw one person, but there must have been others in the house.

“After they fled with a variety of goods the complainant called the police and members of the dog unit arrived with their dogs to search for the perpetrators. Obviously no one thought they would have jumped over the cliff,” he said.

Netcare 911 spokesperson Jeff Wicks said the men tumbled down a steep embankment for about 250m, suffering serious fractures, lacerations and abrasions, as well as possible spinal trauma.

Read more on:    durban
NEXT ON NEWS24X

SHARE:

Read News24’s Comments Policy

Inside News24

 
SPONSORED CONTENT
What your phone can tell you about your car

Watch this video to find out what your phone can tell you about your car.

/Sport
 

Road Accident Fund: #Takecharge to make roads safer

Hot on the heels of its Easter meet the #FutureYou campaign, the Road Accident Fund (RAF) will once again take its road safety message to the public - Sponsored.

 

Stay safe

Juvenile pillion riders? Play safe...
First-aid kit: What you need in YOUR car
Hey, lazy! Get outta the disabled bay!
Yaris: Perfect car for back-seat babes
Traffic Alerts
Horoscopes
Aquarius
Aquarius

There is a danger of going over the top in your enthusiasm to chase your goals. It may be difficult to moderate your urges. There...read more

There are new stories on the homepage. Click here to see them.
 
English
Afrikaans
isiZulu

Hello 

Create Profile

Creating your profile will enable you to submit photos and stories to get published on News24.


Please provide a username for your profile page:

This username must be unique, cannot be edited and will be used in the URL to your profile page across the entire 24.com network.

Settings

Location Settings

News24 allows you to edit the display of certain components based on a location. If you wish to personalise the page based on your preferences, please select a location for each component and click "Submit" in order for the changes to take affect.




Facebook Sign-In

Hi News addict,

Join the News24 Community to be involved in breaking the news.

Log in with Facebook to comment and personalise news, weather and listings.