Man 'accidentally' kills pregnant wife
Bongani Hans, The Witness
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.”
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