‘Fowl’ play troubles family

2013-06-11 00:00

“FOWL” play was immediately suspected when a Northdale man found a decapitated chicken in a plastic bag outside his house on Thursday morning.

The man, who asked not to be named for fear of his safety, told The Witness that the incident, which happened in the early hours of the morning, had left his family traumatised.

Having woken up at around 2.40 am to have a glass of water, the man — a husband and father of two and the owner of a tuck shop — said he saw a plastic bag lying at the gate when he took a look at his CCTV camera. “We looked at the footage that was recorded and we saw this black bakkie first drive up the road. When it drove down again, a guy wearing gloves and a balaclava throws the bag out of the window and into our driveway,” the man said.

It was only after they had opened the plastic bag that they made the harrowing discovery of a decapitated chicken.

“When we opened the bag, we saw that it contained a chicken that was cut up and its head was also in there,” he said.

His wife, whom he described as a devout Hindu, was so traumatised by the incident that she needed medical attention.

“She is still not well. My daughter and my nephew were also devastated by what happened.”

His nephew said that in their tradition, the incident was considered a bad omen.

“I think it could be a warning of some sort,” he said.

The man added: “I’m not making any assumptions on who is responsible, but people are jealous because we have done well for ourselves. We don’t know what will happen next.”

As soon as the headless chicken had been discovered, the man roused his entire family and alerted the police, who were there in a short space of time.

He said he would also be taking up the incident with the SPCA.

The incident was the first of its kind to happen to them. However, they had been victims of a break-in in the past which prompted him to put up CCTV cameras.

Police spokesperson Lieutenant Joey Jeevan said a case of intimidation was being investigated by the Mountain Rise Police Station.

She said a charge relating to the Cult Act might be added at a later stage if it is appropriate.

No arrests have been made.

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