Housebreaker shot dead

2008-12-23 00:00

A suspect in a housebreaking in the upmarket suburb of Muswell Hill was found dead after an alleged shoot-out in the early hours of yesterday morning.

Police are investigating who killed the unidentified suspect. He was found with a small open wound to the upper body, lying on a driveway in Old Tom Morris Road.

It is alleged that a gang of between six and eight armed men started shooting when they realised they had been discovered by the residents and their neighbours.

A neighbour, who asked not to be named, told The Witness that the gang were “shooting wildly” as they escaped.

She praised the police, security companies and the community’s response to the shooting.

The neighbour said that at 1.30 am yesterday, the occupants of the house were awoken by the armed intruders on their property.

She said the woman inside the house alerted neighbours, who immediately called the dog unit, security guards who patrol the area and the B-Secure security company.

“I set off my alarm and my husband went outside and parked his car facing the house with the lights shining into the yard of the home where the intruders were, hoping to frighten them off,” said the neighbour.

The neighbour commended the police for their speedy response, saying they arrived “in no time at all”.

The robbers headed up a cul de sac towards a group of townhouses and into the nearby bush, with police hot on their heels.

The dead suspect was alleged to have been found on the driveway of the home that they tried to rob. The neighbour said she thinks he was shot in the crossfire.

She also described how the well-functioning community network saw 10 cars converging on the house to help.

She praised the police, saying they had even left a man outside to guard the house in case there were any other robbers left in the area.

Rakesh Mahabeer, technical manager at B-Secure, said the woman who called them to ask for

help was panicking as the suspects were on the roof.

He said the suspect was shot in the chest, under the left arm. “It’s unclear who shot him.”

Mahabeer said that during the incident, there were calls for help from people in Hilton, Eston and Albert Falls areas. “It was shocking. Crime is escalating.”

Police spokeswoman Joey Jeevan described the dead suspect as a male, about 1,7 metres tall, well built, dark in complexion and with short hair. “He was wearing a blue windbreaker, grey and white takkies with gold stripes, a light blue T-shirt and black shorts.” She asked for anyone with information about his identity or about the incident to contact Inspector Bimal Bramdutt at 033 845 7794 or 083 510 3053. Jeevan said a post-mortem will be held to determine the cause of death.

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