Burglary victims draw blood

2013-02-13 00:00

A SUSPECTED thief was badly beaten after a Willowfountain woman allegedly saw him leaving a neighbour’s house and raised the alarm.

This followed a spate of housebreakings in the area, apparently by a local gang whose members are known to the community.

The community members were alerted by a woman who identified herself as MaNzimande, after she said she had seen a man leaving her neighbour’s home.

The man, who lives in an abandoned house nearby, found himself at the wrong end of mob justice, and some residents say it was not his first beating for stealing.

“When I saw him leaving my neighbour’s house, I alerted other community members,” said MaNzimande.

Locals armed with knobkerries, hammers and sticks gave chase and cornered the man.

They kicked, punched and stoned him outside the Silwanetshe Primary School before the police were called.

MaNzimande and other community members were angry when police took him away.

She said she worked extremely hard as a domestic worker for what she had.

She looked the man in the eyes and said: “You are still a young man. Why don’t you get a job instead of stealing?”

The man, who was covered in blood, led the residents to several homes where he said he had sold the stolen goods.

Community members and the police escorted him to the abandoned house he lived in and recovered electronic equipment, clothing, drills and DVD players.

Residents threatened to kill the man if he returned to the area.

A community member who did not want to give her name, said he did not learn from his past mistakes because he had been “beaten like this before”.

“I don’t know what his problem was because he comes from a well-off family,” she said.

Police spokesperson Lieutenant Joey Jeevan confirmed that they had arrested a suspect in the area.

“The suspect has already been positively linked to three housebreaking cases that happened this month,” she said.

Jeevan added that the suspect was in hospital under police guard and further arrests were imminent.

She appealed to community members to identify the recovered items at Plessislaer police station.

Jeevan said that while they welcomed tip-offs about criminals, members of the public should refrain from taking the law into their own hands.

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