Two held over baby torture robbery

2012-03-22 00:00

POLICE have arrested two people believed to have been part of an armed gang that poured boiling water over a baby while terrorising two families they robbed at Albert Falls last month.

The Human Rights Day arrests were made early in the morning in Umlazi, near Durban.

The swoop involved the combined efforts of Pietermaritzburg organised crime, crime intelligence, the dog squad led by Captain Sada Pillay and Warrant Officer Swami Pillay, the Plessislaer task team, officers from Montclair police and a private security company, Magma, from Camperdown.

The team also recovered the two vehicles, a blue VW Microbus and a silver Toyota Run-X, that were stolen during the robbery on February 26.

They were apprehended just after filling up a car with petrol using a stolen petrol card. Police said they had not offered any resistance.

Later the Run-X was discovered hidden in thick bush in KwaDabeka near Claremont.

The suspects, one aged 26 and the other 28, are from K Section Umlazi and from Reunion, Isipingo, respectively.

It had been established that a gang of seven men went to Albert Falls on February 24 and staked out a farmhouse that they robbed on the night of February 26.

The armed gang terrorised and tortured the families of Ahmed Lakhi and relatives visiting from Kranskop by pouring boiling water over some of them. One victim was a two-year-old child.

Sewsawzai Vally, one of nine people at the farmhouse on the night of the attack said at the time: “The five attackers were not content with the initial haul of cash, but demanded more. One of the robbers went into the kitchen to boil water.”

She described how two kettles of boiling water were poured over Lakhi, who is her uncle and the owner of the house, his teenage daughter, his two-year-old grandson and the child of a relative.

“I am very grateful to be alive, because at one stage during the robbery and torture these criminals thought of killing us,” she said.

The robbers took handbags, jewellery, cellphones and money, including R40 000 cash.

They locked the family members in a sealed delivery van and fled the scene in the two vehicles they stole.

Police spokesperson Lieutenant Joey Jeevan confirmed the arrest of two suspects.

“The arrest follows intense investigations in the last 30 hours. The arrested suspects will make a court appearance at the New Hanover Magistrate’s Court shortly. Further arrests are imminent,” she said.

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