Living in fear in Copesville

2014-03-01 00:00

COPESVILLE residents are living in fear of a group of armed men who have broken into people’s homes, conducted violent robberies and attacked motorists.

In the past week, there have been at least four robberies reported, with the victims losing thousands of rands.

The latest incident was in the early hours of yesterday morning, when two ro three armed men broke into a house, woke up a husband and wife and then shot the husband in the buttocks.

Veron Singh (28) and his wife were sleeping and were woken up by two robbers who demanded money.

When Singh denied that they had any cash, the robbers assaulted him and his wife and one of them shot Singh once in the buttocks, seriously wounding him.

The wife then pleaded with them and handed over a large amount of cash. The suspects then took the money and fled.

Attempts to speak to the family yesterday were unsuccessful.

Colonel Jay Naicker said they believe that the armed robbers may be the same suspects who have been terrorising people in the area for the past week.

On Thursday night, a motorist who was parked on Tourmaline Road in Copesville was wounded.

Shane Pillay (21) was in his car waiting for friends outside their house in Copesville when he was confronted by two armed men.

Pillay, fearing that he was about to be hijacked, started his vehicle and drove off.

During the incident the suspects damaged Pillay’s driver side window and hit him on the head.

He sustained an open wound to his head and was taken to Northdale Hospital for treatment.

Another victim, Jonathan Govender, was held up at his tuck shop on Tuesday, February 25.

“It was three young guys, two of them carrying firearms, one pointed at me and another pointed at my two sons [aged 13 and 10].

“My sons could not sleep for days,” he said.

“These are very young boys, in their 20s. They are terrorising this area. We are fearful of even going outside our gates because we do not know who might be waiting there,” said Govender.

Another victim, who declined to be named, said he was in his yard when three men armed with guns jumped over his wall and told him to take them inside the house.

“When we were inside, they told me that they would kill me if I did not give them what they wanted. I told them to take whatever they want and not harm anyone,” he said.

The criminals ransacked the house, he said.

Naicker said anyone with information can contact Constable Skhumbuzo Ngcobo of SAPS Mountain Rise Detective Services at 033 387 9527 or on his cell at 072 470 3938, or Captain Pipes Haffajee on his cell at 079 500 0264.

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