Youth killed for playing music too loud

2013-12-02 09:10

A 19-year-old youth was shot and killed by his former neighbour in Alberton, East Rand, for allegedly playing music too loud.

Peter Robertson died in the Union Hospital in Alberton on Saturday, after he was shot in the head by Dave Ridgeway (66), a neighbour who has since moved out of the area, Colonel Veeshani Arikum said yesterday.

Ridgeway allegedly hid in Robertson’s garden in Brackendowns, Arikum said.

When Robertson arrived home with two of his friends, they were ordered by Ridgeway to lie on the ground. Ridgeway then shot at the three youths.

Robertson was shot in the head, one of the friends was grazed in the leg by a bullet, while the other managed to escape a shot.

Ridgeway then attempted to flee but fell into a pool.

The two friends took Robertson to the Brackendowns police station, where an ambulance was called, Arikum said.

The 66-year-old was taken into police custody.

He allegedly continuously complained to the Robertsons about the loud music their son played in his car and inside his house.

Ridgeway appeared in the Palm Ridge Magistrates’ Court on Thursday.

The case was postponed for further investigation.

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