Bloodsucker kills three

2010-12-18 00:00

A MAN told yesterday how an attacker shot him and then drank blood from his wound.

The same attacker is suspected of later killing three men, whose bodies were found in the same area, Sacca informal settlement in Mkondeni.

The attacker was still at large last night, despite residents telling Weekend Witness they know who he is — and that he has killed before.

Local people who spoke to Weekend Witness were too afraid to give their names. Police said they too are finding it difficult to find witnesses willing to talk.

People said the attacker, whom they named, has been terrorising the community for some time.

Everyone Weekend Witness spoke to named the same man as the killer. They said he is wanted for murder by residents of France and Imbali because he has killed people in each of those areas.

They said their area is crime-ridden and people have been robbed, stabbed and killed there. They said there is a house, which they described as a haven for thugs, where the killer and his gang live.

One community member said, “[The killer] has been on the run because wherever he goes he kills people, then flees the area.

“In July this year he cut an old man’s throat in this area, but he was only in jail for five days, then he was freed.”

Thursday night’s horrible events began with an attack on Thokozani Mkhize at about 5.30 pm.

He told Weekend Witness: “I was coming from a nearby tuckshop [with groceries] when I was approached by a guy from the area demanding that I give him everything I have, which I did. Then I ran as fast as I could because he had a gun, but it was too late because he fired a shot, which hit me in my left hand.”

Mkhize said when he fell to the ground the attacker sucked the gushing blood from his arm and dipped bread into the blood before munching on the bread.

He said he was lucky because some local people came to his rescue, pleading with the attacker not to kill him.

Mkhize said he was taken to Northdale Hospital where he received attention for the bleeding wound.

Later, the attacker is suspected of having shot and killed three more people in the same informal settlement.

Police spokesperson Warrant Officer Joey Jeevan said Dumisani Khumalo (44), who was shot in the forehead, was found in the yard outside a house.

Jeevan said yesterday morning at 5 am police received a report of a double murder in the same area, about 400 metres from the first scene. “At the scene, police found bodies of two adult males. The two were identified as Vusi Mngwenyama (35) and Mlondolozi Mbanjwa (19).”

Police found an expended 9 mm cartridge and a 9 mm live round at the scene.

Jeevan said the motive is unknown at this stage, but police believe the murders are linked. She said they are struggling to get people to talk because they fear for their lives.

Police are appealing to anyone with information that might assist in their investigation to call Lieutenant-Colonel Wondra Bezuidenhout on 033 845 7722 (office) or 082 411 6559.

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