Community demands justice

2017-09-20 06:00
Dillon PuckreePhoto: supplied

Dillon PuckreePhoto: supplied

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THE community of KwaDukuza is calling for justice after the murder of a Glenhills youth.
Twenty-four-year-old Dillon Puckree was allegedly beaten and left for dead by a “group of boys” in Stanger Manor on Friday night.

Puckree, who was a well known taxi conductor in Glenhills, succumbed to his injuries at the Stanger Hospital in the early hours of Sunday morning.
According to witnesses the victim is believed to have been on a night out with friends when he was walking alone near the Stanger Manor bus terminals and was approached by a group of young men who began to assault him, kicking and stomping on him.

A guard who was on duty that night near the scene allegedly witnessed the incident and alerted a local business owner situated nearby.
The man then went to the scene and attempted to diffuse the scuffle, but was not successful which is when a panic alert was activated and a local security company responded.
However, by this time the group had already dispersed.

According to KwaDukuza SAPS spokesperson Johannes Khoza a case of attempted murder was opened and it has now changed to murder due to the victim having died in hospital.
Police also confirmed that no arrests had been made at the time of going to press.

The incident has sparked public outrage with KwaDukuza residents taking to social media to express their frustrations.
While many commented for Puckree to rest in peace and expressed sympathy for the family, others are baying for the blood of the allegedly “known perpetrators”.
Police are appealing to the community to allow the law to handle the investigation which is ongoing, and for anyone who might be able to assist in the investigation to come forward. Anyone who may have witnessed the incident is encouraged to contact KwaDukuza SAPS on 032 551 8200.
Puckree was the only son to his mother Mrs P Puckree and late father, Dilley Puckree. His funeral took place on Monday at their home in Glenhills and proceeded to the KwaDukuza Crematorium.


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