Misfiring gun spares teen’s life

2008-01-06 00:00

Johannesburg — A robber fired three times at a distance of 30 cm from Rudo Kemp’s head and each time the revolver just went "click".

The fourth and fifth shots did go off, but missed the 18-year-old.

Rudo, son of well-known doctor Eugene Kemp spoke to Beeld newspaper about the incident that happened last week Sunday.

Rudo was looking after his parents’ Northcliff home. He had gone to a braai at a friend’s house on the Saturday, and returned home in the early hours of Sunday morning.

"When I opened the inter-leading door from the garage to the rest of the house, I immediately realised that something was wrong … I ran upstairs, but then realised that the robbers could still be in the house …

"I ran back and fetched my dad’s gun [from his] room and went back upstairs. One of the robbers was hiding behind a wall at the top.

"He held his revolver close to my head, about 30 cm away, and pulled the trigger three times. The gun jammed each time.

"I ran down the passage and he fired a fourth time. This time it went off and hit the wall.

"Meanwhile, the second robber started firing at me with a pistol, also hitting the wall.

"I ran into a room, locked the door and heard them outside.

"I fired two shots through the closed door. I presume that’s when they ran off. I used my cellphone to call the neighbours and the police."

The robbers made off with jewellery and cash. As yet, no arrests have been made.

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