Brawl in street after road death

2016-03-15 06:00
 Police are urging residents who witnessed an accident in Merrydale Avenue to come forward with information.  PHOTO for illustration: Samantha lee

Police are urging residents who witnessed an accident in Merrydale Avenue to come forward with information. PHOTO for illustration: Samantha lee

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The management of an accident scene turned sour when a neighbourhood watch member was arrested for assault last Saturday night.

Warrant Officer John Bartlett, of Steenberg police, says Mitchell’s Plain officers responded to reports of an accident in Merrydale Avenue at 22:15.

“On arrival at the scene the officer noticed a body of a woman lying in the road covered with a white sheet. It is alleged that the driver was driving in the direction of Westpoort Drive on his way home when the deceased ran across the road,” says Bartlett.

The 25-year-old Angelique Pheiffer crossed the street while running away from attackers. Police confirm the woman was chased with a zip gun in an attempted robbery and ran across the street to get away.

Bartlett says the driver tried to turn away to avoid the accident but could not stop in time. His car hit the pedestrian, killing her. No arrests were made.

Daniel Davids, chairperson of the Mitchell’s Plain Neighbourhood Watch, says the Portland street committee was informed of the incident. Members rushed to the scene.

There they found residents from the area involved in vigilante action.

“There were two robbers. We believe the men chased the woman with a zip gun. Residents who saw the incident caught the one suspect and began to beat him up,” says Davids. He adds block committee members tried to break up the fight and a quarrel between one resident and one of the members ensued.

The member was arrested the next day. Davids says he visited the member at the Mitchell’s Plain station.

Davids says three cases of assault were opened, but police could not confirm this at the time of going to print.

Mitchell’s Plain police station spokesperson Lieutenant Ian Williams confirms no witnesses have come forward.

Police are investigating a case of culpable homicide. V Anyone with information is urged to call police on 021 370 1600 or CrimeStop on 0860 010 111.

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