Dramatic pursuit of businessman's killers

2015-07-15 08:49


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Durban - A gang of house robbers who shot and killed a Westville homeowner on Tuesday remain at large, after a series of dramatic chases on Tuesday afternoon.

A massive police dragnet thrown out in the wake of the killing proved effective, with the suspects spotted in Pinetown.

Yashin Bagwandeen, 43, died in a hail of bullets while trying to protect his family after four men conned their way onto his property pretending to be customers.

Bagwandeen, a prominent businessman and personality within the Westville Community Policing Forum, was shot in the head and died at the scene.

According to impeccable police sources, the white Subaru Legacy which was used in the robbery was spotted in Pinetown by a Road Traffic Inspectorate (RTI) officer on patrol.


Recognising the vehicle from crime broadcasts, the officer gave chase while calling for back-up.

The suspects in the high-powered car managed to evade the officer, dumping their getaway car in the driveway of a home nearby.

“They moved on foot for a short distance before they hijacked a bakkie and then fled again. The bakkie had a tracking unit so we were fast onto them,” a source said.

The pursuit gained momentum when the robbers realised their movements were being tracked.

“They dumped that bakkie and hijacked another one before fleeing in the direction of Paradise Valley,” he added.

As scores of police units descended on the area, the men discarded the second stolen vehicle and spirited away on foot.

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