Man 'accidentally' kills pregnant wife

2011-04-14 07:53

Pietermaritzburg - A 35-year-old man is behind bars following the mistaken, fatal shooting of his heavily pregnant wife at their Hilton home in the early hours of Wednesday morning.

It is believed that the man told the police and his family members that he shot his 34-year-old wife in the chest by mistake. The woman died at Medi-Clinic hospital in Pietermaritzburg.

The incident happened at about 01:30 at their Hilton Gardens home.

The man’s younger sister, who cannot named until he appears in court, told The Witness that her brother called her family at about 03:45 to say that he had “made a terrible mistake”.

“He took her to Medi-Clinic hospital. When we got to the hospital we found him in a state of shock next to his wife, and he was not talking. Police were already there and they took him to his Hilton house before taking him to Hilton police station, which is where I last saw him,” said the sister.

Woken by a noise

Police said the man told them he was awoken by a noise outside his bedroom and armed himself before going to investigate. He opened fire and wounded his wife, who was coming out of the bathroom.

The couple have three children between the ages of 5 and 12. They are staying with the man’s mother. The couple had been married for about 13 years.

The couple’s double-storey house was empty when The Witness visited on Wednesday afternoon. The main gate was cordoned off with police crime scene tape. Behind the gate two dogs barked at strangers.

The man’s mother said the couple did not work.

She told The Witness, “He started by working for his father’s construction company, then his father bought him a farm in Albert Falls and this house. When his father died around 2005 the boy sold the farm.

“He invested the money he made out of selling the farm and has been living off these investments.”

Murder charge

A builder working in the neighbourhood said he saw the man entering his house at about 09:00 on Tuesday and saw the wife talking to a person in front of the house at about 16:00.

“Then as we were working this morning police came into the house at about 09:00. They came again at about midday and again at about 15:00 to cordon off the house,” said the worker.

Police spokesperson Warrant Officer Joey Jeevan said the man is expected to appear in the Pietermaritzburg Magistrate’s Court shortly to be charged with murder.

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