Cop on shooting spree after break-up

2012-10-23 11:00

Cape Town - A Mossel Bay policeman who went on a shooting spree before turning his gun on himself had not recovered from his break-up with his girlfriend, according to a report on Tuesday.

The Cape Argus reported that Sergeant Annesh Bootram, 36, went to the flat of ex-girlfriend Constable Evelyn Pienaar on Sunday, where a quarrel ensued.

"Shots were fired... several bullets hit Pienaar. Her mother, 6-year-old daughter as well as a friend sustained bullet wounds," police spokesman Captain Malcolm Pojie said.

Bootram walked down the flat corridor, turned the gun on himself and pulled the trigger. He died on the scene.

All but Pienaar were discharged from hospital by Monday.

According to the report, Bootram and Pienaar had broken up a month ago. The sergeant had taken it very badly and was worried about custody of their children, an infant and the young girl who was injured.

His friend John Blou, also a Police and Prison Civil Rights Union official, told the newspaper that working conditions were "dire and stressful" at the Kwanonqaba police station, where Bootram worked.

"Something dramatic must have occurred to have triggered him off."

An inquest docket and attempted murder charges were being investigated.

  • modumo - 2012-10-23 11:06

    Bull dust, we all have problems, he went psycho period. You need to face life and deal with it, as a police officer there are outlets afforded to you if you have problems. There is no excuse for what he has done.

      siphom.mnguni - 2012-10-23 11:41

      Well said @modumo. There is spiritual services, social-worker services, psychological services and psychiatric services. But you know what, in the SAPS we harbour a belief of a 'macho-man', a stupid 'tigers don't cry mentality'. Then it gets to this. Six-year-old with a permanent bullet scar and a lady lying precariously in hospital just for saying it's over, of which she has the right to say so.

      mark.singh.9889 - 2012-10-23 12:45

      Why do all these lunatics have access to fire arms?

      kgotso.selome - 2012-10-23 17:45

      @marks, everyone is a potential-lunatic, or potential-psycho. Or let me put it like this, everyone has a breaking point, it just depend from person to person, some people break sooner than the others. like mguni and mudumo are saying, there are support structures such chaplains, social workers, psychologists and so forth in the EMERGENCY SERVICES \ SAPS and Fire Fighting Department and Emergency Medicine\ and South African National Defense Force. the way I look at this issue, its a psycho-social issue, it could have been prevented.

  • albert.m.burger - 2012-10-23 11:49

    Don't date cops

      masamune.azeem - 2012-10-23 12:33


  • ophelia.louw - 2012-10-23 12:21

    think he was suppose to have been sent to see a psychologist after the break up to see if he was fit to carry a firearm.

  • hermann.hanekom - 2012-10-23 12:26

    Why do so many South Africans think violence and murder solve all problems. Are we as a nation really so dysfunctional.

  • mpho.pink1 - 2012-10-23 12:33

    I hate it when people take their frustrations out on other people. we all have problems,face and solve them like an adult. I wish he had stayed alive and faced his daughter who now has a gunshot wound, he's a coward!

  • Anthony C. Onwudiegwu - 2012-10-23 12:34

    Yes the psycho died and took along with number of answers to many questions. \r\nI can see how much care people take to comment on this issue... could it be guilt or any other kind of complexity?

  • leona.badenhorst - 2012-10-23 12:49

    Mr Mnguni I don't agree, none of those services readily available at the police stations for the members. I am not a SAPS member but I experience it through the police members in our area. Please show me where these services are readily available,I will make sure that all the police members in our area get transfers there. I promise you, I see the things these police members have to deal with every single day without a single word of help from anyone, so please don't try and mislead the public!!!!! I do agree with the macho-man mentality, but maybe this is a defense mechanism??? It doesn't excuse or make what this person have done right, not at all, but maybe, just maybe IF these services was available, this would not have happened.....

      siphom.mnguni - 2012-10-23 13:17

      @leona.badernhorst:)first, I need to thank you for the reply. I for one has been a policeman for almost 26 years now. To be precise it will be 26 on the 24 February 2013. I am stationed in Gauteng and the services that I mentioned above are readily available and they are free of charge. In the police station there are office known as Information Management Services where you enquire about them. They helped me a lot when all my family members passed away one after each other until I was the last one standing even though they all passed away due to natural cause, it still hurt. I am sorry for taking too long to respond I am studying for exams this week. But I am willing to continue conversation whenever I take a breaks from studies.

  • mshiniboys - 2012-10-23 13:02

    Now where do people get involved when you mess up your relationship?.sick people.

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