Hunt continues for Commins killers

2013-01-04 14:18

Cape Town - Police are searching for three men believed to be involved in the killing of Western Province cricketer John E Commins.

The 71-year-old Commins and his wife, 70, were sleeping in separate bedrooms of their home in Newlands on Wednesday evening when they were awoken by three men and tied up, said Lieutenant Colonel André Traut on Friday.

"The suspects then ransacked the house, removing an undisclosed amount of cash including foreign currency from the safe, as well as jewellery, before fleeing from the scene in an unknown direction," Traut said.

The wife managed to untie herself before going to help Commins in his bedroom, where she found him tied up and dead.

"Police at this stage believe that the deceased could have been suffocated. There were no signs of any visible injury, however a post mortem will be held to determine the exact cause of death," said Traut.

Half-mast flags

Police believe the three men gained access to the house through an open window in the wife's bedroom.

Flags are flying at half-mast at Sahara Park Newlands in Cape Town after the news filtered through about the death of Commins.

"We are deeply sorry to hear the horrific news about John and send our condolences to his family," said Cricket SA acting CEO Jacques Faul on Friday.

"What should be a happy occasion at Newlands - as we celebrate the Proteas' superb performance against New Zealand - has turned into a sad one, and our thoughts are with his wife and family."

Commins played 10 matches for the then WP Cricket Union between 1961 and 1968 and, as a leg-spinner, took 27 first-class wickets at an average of 27.77, with a best bowling performance of five for 32.

Cricket relations

He was the youngest brother of former WP CEO Kevin Commins and uncle of John Commins, who represented the Proteas in the 1990s.

Commins' daughter, Donne, manages many past and present South African cricketers, including Mark Boucher.

It was decided to postpone a planned farewell for Boucher at Newlands on Thursday to next month, when the Proteas take on Pakistan in Cape Town.

"We need to recognise the significant role the Commins family has played in cricket in South Africa," Faul said.

"Not only did the two Johns play cricket for us and Kevin play a role in the administration of Western Province, but Donne is a very professional agent who has benefited a lot of our cricketers."

Western Province Cricket Association president Beresford Williams expressed his "shock and horror" at his passing and extended the condolences of the entire South African cricket family to the Commins family.

  • pushocapture.maake - 2013-01-04 14:52

    They slept in separate bed rooms. She managed to untie herself and found him dead. They gained entrance through her open window. *quoting from the article*

      Donkervlie - 2013-01-04 15:03

      Maake So what are you trying to say make a comment you just qouted something we all read.

      sally.lewitt - 2013-01-04 16:00

      Unfortunately truth is stranger than fiction! Stick to watching movies.

      lownabester - 2013-01-04 16:37

      Something fishy.

  • mzuvukile.maswana - 2013-01-04 14:55

    Couple sleeping in seperate bedrooms and three men gaining access in another bedroom. One half of the couple is presumed to be suffocated. Call me paranoid or whatever but something just doesn't smell right here.

      sally.lewitt - 2013-01-04 15:57

      Yes mzuvukile.maswana, its you who doesn't smell right! Its common practice for older people to sleep in different rooms.. Eish!

      marcia.greune - 2013-01-04 16:16

      I agree! How come shes fine if they came in through her window!! Sally needs to watch more CI on dstv - women who kill etc!

  • chris.potgieter.73 - 2013-01-04 15:20

    We worked at the same firm in 1980 and he was a true gentleman that would not have harmed a soul. Another charge against a government that seeks to 'cleanse' their leader but fails to deliver safety and security to it's citizens as they have given away job creation to other countries. The debt is paid Zuma, time to bring the jobs home.

  • marcia.greune - 2013-01-04 16:12

    I reckon its the wife.. Story makes her sound suspicious

      lazarus.chinkhuzi - 2013-01-04 16:18

      she cant be.

      madise.paul - 2013-01-04 16:42

      she did it

  • Prudence Molefe - 2013-01-04 16:41

    the wife has an answer.

  • madise.paul - 2013-01-04 16:41

    She did it, She slept her way to his heart, afterall she's rich and old!! r.i.p chap

  • Donna-loo Boesmanklong Van Nell - 2013-01-04 16:56

    Poor writing skills!

  • dingiswayo.nyambose.1 - 2013-01-04 17:10

    I took the ninjas for granted but daymn they are dangerous. I hope the FFP regrets training the super smart dangerously tactical ninjas.

  • joe.smit.549 - 2013-01-04 17:36

    No wonder the Top Dog is spending R230bar on security. He can obviously see where the country is heading.....

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