Man held for anti-burglar device

2012-04-16 10:12
Johannesburg - An East Rand man was arrested over the weekend after his home-made anti-burglar contraption injured a visitor to his house, according to a newspaper report.

When police arrested the 51-year-old man on Saturday on a charge of attempted murder, they found another five similar devices that had been discarded in a nearby lake, police captain Petros Mabuza told Beeld newspaper.

The injured man, Gerrit van Rooyen, went to the house in Brakpan on Friday evening to drop off a set of keys, his wife Yolanda said.

"Gerrit and his brother Kobus went to the flat. Lodewyk [the suspect] knows Gerrit, and knew he was coming over," she said.

Lodewyk had erected his anti-theft device at the gate in front of his flat.

Van Rooyen stumbled over a tripwire that triggered the device, similar to a pellet gun, and was shot in both his legs.

He underwent surgery to remove six bullets from his right leg on Friday night, and was scheduled for a second operation on Monday.

The suspect will appear in the Brakpan Magistrate's Court on Monday.

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