Craighall man invited his online ‘friend’ for drinks – and ended up in hospital

2017-08-30 16:09
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You may feel pretty safe behind the screen of your smartphone or computer – but what happens when you invite a stranger you’ve met online into your home?

Things didn’t turn out to well for a 47-year-old man from Craighall Park, Johannesburg, who found himself seriously injured after finally meeting his online friend at his home on Saturday evening.

The man was shot twice in the stomach by his online visitor.

According to Captain Tintswalo Sibeko from the Parkview Police Station, the two met three weeks ago via social media. The victim invited his online friend over to his place for drinks.

“They has some drinks and after the victim told the suspect to leave he didn’t want to and an argument took place when the suspect took out a black revolver and threatened the victim,” Captain Sibeko confirmed.

Sibeko added that during their altercation the two men started pushing each other down the stairs. The suspect then ordered the victim to make his way to the garage and climb into the boot of his car, before shooting him twice in the stomach.

The victim remained in the boot until 2 am the next morning, during which time the suspect managed to get away with a cellphone and a plasma-screen television valued at R25 000.

The homeowner managed to escape and get to his neighbours’ home for help, after which he was taken to hospital.

“We have no leads at this point in time,” Captain Sibeko tells YOU. “The victim is still in hospital so it’s difficult to start the questioning for the investigation.

“At this stage, the case is still under investigation and once the victim is out of hospital or well enough to speak to us, we can collect evidence.”

She said that she couldn’t confirm the victim’s current state, but according to The Rosebank Killarney Gazette, while the man was in critical condition after the incident, his condition had since stabilised.

Captain Sibeko says nothing like this has ever happened in the neighborhood before.

“In our area, this is the first time an incident like this has been reported, similar incidents could have occurred previously but they haven’t been reported,” she says.

“I cannot confirm for other areas, but this is what I know for the Parkview area.”

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