Ex-lover throws rocks, then climbs building and shoots woman

2013-12-20 00:00

A WOMAN was shot at least three times by her ex-boyfriend in Durban North on Wednesday night.

At 10 pm on Wednesday a 49-year-old man standing outside 83 Adelaide Tambo Drive (formerly Kensington Drive) started throwing rocks and pieces of broken brick at the rented flat of Maria Deloca (43) on the second floor of the house.

The homeowner, who asked not to be named, lives on the ground floor with her wife, son and their 10-month-old baby girl.

“We heard the rocks,” said the son, “and we called Marshall Security but when they got here he had gone.”

The homeowner said the man was seen running down the street and the security company employees chased him but he managed to evade them and disappeared.

After the stone-throwing incident, Deloca, a sales representative for a cosmetic company who had been renting the flat for the last three months, came downstairs to discuss the matter with the homeowner. “She said she would have to leave because he knew where she lived and would only come back.”

Deloca returned upstairs and half-an-hour after the earlier incident the man returned and began firing shots. “I hit the panic button,” said the son, “and then I phoned a friend of mine at Marshall Security.

“It was very scary. My wife and our baby hid on the floor next to the baby’s cot.”

When The Witness visited the scene yesterday we were shown how the man, after firing shots from the road, had climbed over the wall and the security fence then run to the back of the house where he climbed onto the roof to gain entry via a back window to Deloca’s flat, breaking a window and forcing open the burglar bars.

The homeowner was making coffee when she heard the gun shots and took shelter during the gunfire behind an interior wall. “I could hear her upstairs calling for help on the intercom. That poor girl. There was nothing I could do but we knew help was coming.”

According to Tyron Powell, a director of Marshall Security, once the man had gained entry to the flat he shot at Deloca several times. Deloca managed to get out of the flat onto the balcony where she climbed over the balcony rail and hid behind an air-conditioning unit where blood stains were clearly visible yesterday.

Then the man appears to have got Deloca back onto the balcony. “That’s when our guys arrived and he fired shots at them,” said Powell. “He then took her back in the room and more shots were fired.

“I arrived on the scene when he was coming out the downstairs front door with her and she collapsed — that’s when I saw the bloodstains on her front. Then we arrested him. He had the gun in his back pocket and around 60 rounds of ammunition.”

At this point the police arrived and took the man into custody. According to an SAPS spokesperson he will appear in the Durban Magistrate’s Court today after he has been charged for attempted murder.

Deloca was admitted to Addington Hospital with three gunshot wounds in the right side of her chest and another wound to her neck. Her condition was not known at the time of going to press.

According to Powell and the homeowner, Deloca had previously taken out a restraining order against the suspect and there had been previous incidents. “Last time he hooted and hooted at the gate then she let him in and he ran upstairs and created havoc but it wasn’t with a gun and everything.”

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