Mugger shoots mate dead

2010-07-19 00:00

A KNIFE-WIELDING man was shot and killed when a firearm held by his accomplice went off while they were allegedly robbing two unarmed security guards in Pietermaritzburg yesterday morning.

The firearm went off after a security guard, who had been forced to lie down on the ground, pushed the man who was busy searching him. The bullet hit the man’s accomplice, Sicelo Mchunu (30), in the head and he died instantly.

This happened in Manning Road near the Jika Joe informal settlement, where the suspects apparently live, at about 6 am.

Police spokesperson Warrant Officer Joey Jeevan said the two security guards were walking up the road from work when they were confron­ted by two armed men, who were walking in the opposite direction.

One suspect pulled out a firearm while the deceased pulled a knife.

“One suspect held one guard at gunpoint and forced him to lie on the ground and demanded his cellphone. The deceased held the second guard at knife point.

“While he was busy searching the security guard’s pockets, the security guard pushed him away, which led to the suspect’s firearm going off and hitting the deceased in the head ,” Jeevan said.

She said the 30-year-old gunman continued to search the guard, who was on the ground, and ran away with his cellphone. The other guard, who had been held at knife point by the deceased, also ran away.

She said the guard who was on the ground went to report the incident to his security company.

“Police Dog Unit officers, who were driving on the road, saw the body on the side of the road. As they were attending to the scene, the security guard returned to brief the police on what had happened.

“While he was busy talking to the police, he saw the gunman among the Jika Joe residents who had gathered at the scene, and pointed him out to the police. The suspect was arres­ted,” said Jeevan.

Jeevan said during the investigation, the suspect took the police to his house where the firearm was recovered, but the guard’s cellphone is still missing.

She said the suspect will appear in the Pietermaritzburg Magistrate’s Court on robbery and murder char­ges today.

Meanwhile, a 21-year-old man sustained a gunshot wound in his left knee during an armed robbery on the Haniville main road near Copesville at about 9 pm on Saturday.

Jeevan said the victim was walking along the road with his brother and a friend when a gunman confronted them. He shot the victim before robbing him of his cellphone and R200. She said the victim’s brother and the friend ran away, but returned later to the scene.

The victim was taken to Northdale Hospital, and no arrest has yet been made, she said.

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