'Pappa eina' – little boy’s last words to dad after attack

2016-03-14 12:00
Nico with his son Dean. (Photo supplied)

Nico with his son Dean. (Photo supplied)

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Pretoria – When Nico Ras went into his bedroom, his 1-year-old son saw his bloodied form and knew his father was hurt.

“Pappa eina [Daddy ouch],” little Dean said to his 31-year-old father.  

Ras’s last words to his wife, Antoinette, were: “Honey, I love you.” He later died in Kalafong Hospital.

He had been shot twice in the stomach and once in the back, Netwerk24 reported on Monday.

The incident occurred on Friday night when eight armed suspects broke into a house on a smallholding in Kameeldrift West, Pretoria. Three families live in the house. Nico and JJ Venter were shot in the attack.

Antoinette said the attackers first hit Venter and his fiancée, Marlice Jacobs, in their room at about 23:00.

Jacobs was starting to doze off and the couple’s 4-year-old daughter, Abigail, was asleep when Venter saw the gang through the bedroom window.

"Here, liefie. Here, liefie. Hier is die kak nou [Lord, love. Lord, love. Here is the shit now],” screamed Venter. He grabbed a knife while Jacobs hid Abigail behind the bedroom door.

Meanwhile, Nico was standing outside smoking. The gang beat him with the butt of a handgun.

Jacobs said there were many shots, more than 20. She said the assailants tried to enter the room when they heard Venter trying to call the police.

They shot Venter twice in his back. The attackers then tried to break down the bedroom door while firing several shots into the room.

The gang then moved onto the Ras family. While the injured Nico was lying outside on the grass, one of the attackers broke a window and climbed inside.

Antoinette grabbed her pepper spray and began spraying him. The attacker, armed with a screwdriver, then ran off with the others.

Among the items stolen were Nico and Antoinette’s cellphones. Jacobs believes the gang came “to kill. They didn’t come to steal”.

Police spokesperson Captain Thomas Mufumadi, said the police found five handguns and a 9mm. No one has yet been arrested.

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