Centurion crime spree man was out on parole

2011-11-04 10:25

The man who went on a crime spree in Centurion this week was released on parole last month, Pretoria police said today.

“He was sent to Boksburg prison for housebreaking in 2009. He was sentenced to four years. He was released on parole on October 21,” Warrant Officer Annabel Middelton said.

She was not able to give the reason for his early release or his parole conditions.

On Monday, the 21-year-old first stole firearms during a housebreaking, then stabbed a man to death in a flower shop before raping woman in a church.

He was tracked down by police and hospitalised after being shot in the head, Middelton said in a crime report earlier this week.

“He broke into a house in Retief Street in Lyttelton on Monday morning where he stole two firearms, two cellphones, a wristwatch and a laptop. He tied up a domestic worker with shoelaces and fled.

“He ran into Cradock Street and entered a ... flower shop through the window. A fight broke out and he stabbed a man, Peter Ntona-Maleka (54) to death when he tried to stop him from robbing the shop.”

The man then reportedly fled into a nearby church along Unie Avenue, where he attacked and raped a woman before robbing her of a cellphone.

It was believed the parolee had been hurt during his spree of violence and police followed his blood trail into the church.

Middelton said when police arrived at the church, the man held the woman hostage. She later managed to escape.

Shots were fired and the man was hit in the hand and head. He was taken to Tembisa hospital and detained under police guard.

Police recovered the property stolen from the Lyttelton house and the rape survivor’s cellphone.

Depending on the severity of the parolee’s injuries, he will appear in the Pretoria Magistrates’ Court either on November 9 or on November 16, Middelton said. 

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