Man held for anti-burglar device

2012-04-16 10:12

Johannesburg - An East Rand man was arrested over the weekend after his home-made anti-burglar contraption injured a visitor to his house, according to a newspaper report.

When police arrested the 51-year-old man on Saturday on a charge of attempted murder, they found another five similar devices that had been discarded in a nearby lake, police captain Petros Mabuza told Beeld newspaper.

The injured man, Gerrit van Rooyen, went to the house in Brakpan on Friday evening to drop off a set of keys, his wife Yolanda said.

"Gerrit and his brother Kobus went to the flat. Lodewyk [the suspect] knows Gerrit, and knew he was coming over," she said.

Lodewyk had erected his anti-theft device at the gate in front of his flat.

Van Rooyen stumbled over a tripwire that triggered the device, similar to a pellet gun, and was shot in both his legs.

He underwent surgery to remove six bullets from his right leg on Friday night, and was scheduled for a second operation on Monday.

The suspect will appear in the Brakpan Magistrate's Court on Monday.

  • Bongani - 2012-04-16 10:18

    If police is rubbish, people will do for themselves.

      Willie - 2012-04-16 10:40

      LOL Man this sounds like something that should be on Jack Ass!!!

      Mattewis - 2012-04-16 12:26

      These devices are nothing new or revolutionary. Sounds like the good 'ol spring guns used on farms and holiday homes back in the day! Like all booby-traps, it can't distinguish friend-or-foe and relies on the common sense of its owner, which doesn't seem to be that common in Brakpan! If we blame the police, we should also blame the government who appoints them. If we blame the government, we should blame the people who elect them. Before you know it, we're back to the referendum of '92! Maybe we should just blame the idiot who set the thing in such a way that an innocent person got injured!

      Scebberish - 2012-04-16 12:55

      Should have shot him in the head, less to damage! Next time ring the bell or knock and wait!!! It is not your house so dont just walk in, as that is how over 90% of the murders have occured!!

      Poloyatonky - 2012-04-16 17:16

      people are just paranoid crime happens everywhere just tune into sky news

      Inky - 2012-04-16 19:30

      This guy should be locked away for many years for his reckless action. Image the tragedy if a child triggered the device. I shudder to think that this irresponsible individual has the vote, drives a car and possibly raises children.

      Trevor - 2012-04-16 23:24

      @ Poloyatonky. If you added all the crime in Europe on a normal day it would not add up to what happens in Gauteng in the same period.

  • Sharon - 2012-04-16 10:20

    These are desperate times, and people want to protect themselves and their families. This does prove two things though: 1. The contraption works, I'd like to place an order 2. Don't mess with a Brakpanner

      bluzulu - 2012-04-16 10:25

      Remember the traps as this will endanger the very lives you think you are protecting.

      Koos - 2012-04-16 10:35

      ... or the trap may take down some bluzulu as it was intended to do.

      bluzulu - 2012-04-16 11:06

      hehehheheheheheeeee............Don't think so, Why would I be in This gent's property?

      Koos - 2012-04-16 11:17

      @bluezulu - Hehehehe maybe the reason you are not on his properties is because of the “traps”.

      seanpresherhughes_1 - 2012-04-16 14:49

      I'd like the blue-prints please! :-)

      Koos - 2012-04-16 17:03

      Carefull Sean, you might get a "Zulu" on your stoep.

      bluzulu - 2012-04-16 17:17

      You guys RRRR a Crackup,

  • Koos - 2012-04-16 10:20

    “Attempted murder”, “pellet gun”, "bullets" .... are you kidding me?

      Koos - 2012-04-16 10:32

      @:bluzulu - Please show one case where a “PELLET” for a “PELLET GUN” killed someone. P.S. I took one no2 in the leg and one in the back of the head. This is how we played Cowboys and Indians. Didn’t even go to hospital or anything.

      Foc - 2012-04-16 11:04

      Jissie ou Koos ... sterk seuntjie sien ek ....

      tony.kirby1 - 2012-04-16 11:09

      Mate it was similar to a pellet gun and fired 6 shots into his leg. Sounds more like a shoutgun type. What pellet gun fire 6 shots at one go.

      Koos - 2012-04-16 11:14

      @Foc - ag jong ons was maar jonk en het net gespeel. Jy het geweet jy moet hardloop want as hy jou raak kry gaan hy byt. Tussen die ketties, pellets and kleilat was dit pret maar moet sê so nou en dan so bietjie seer. Dankie tog niemand het 'n oog verloor nie. Ook maar goed 'n mens bly nie so onverskillig nie nê. Dit was goeie dae.

      Marion - 2012-04-16 11:14

      @Koos - 'SIMILAR to a pellet gun' 'bullets' not pellets. Think you must go have the one in the back of your head removed. Also, maybe you played cowboys and indians that way but there are laws governing the use of pellet guns now.

      Sydney - 2012-04-16 11:20

      My gran's sister was killed by a pellet gun when she was a child. Pellet passed between her ribs straight into her heart.

      Koos - 2012-04-16 11:38

      @tony: Yes I agree but comparing it to a pellet type gun indicates that the projectiles were fired using compressed air or a spring like device. Would actually like to see this device. We assume that a one barrel device was used? Six pellets in one barrel that gets expelled using compressed air (doubtful) or spring loaded device (probable)... Less than efficient for being lethal. Of course the fact that the device was also aimed at the legs might also indicate that it was not intended to kill. If indeed such damage was done to classify this as an emergency/Life threatening it would have been reported no doubt. So I can only assume that the pellets were so small to puncture the skin and penetrate but were too small and deep to pullout without surgery. Granted a lot of assumptions and opinion but hardly attempted murder. @Marion – Gee, the day “Pellet type guns” start firing real bullets I’ll run for the hills. @Sydney: Damn, sorry to hear and I stand corrected.

      Koos - 2012-04-16 11:51

      I was just pondering Marion opinion and wondered: Ever noticed how law abiding citizens gets restricted, regulated, disarmed and almost get prepared by all these laws and regulations to be a “better victim” while the criminals can pretty much do as they will. In essence if you want to do something about it, ironically enough you have to become a criminal.

      Mike - 2012-04-16 12:03

      actually, ive watched videos from a guy i worked with, people hunt wild pigs with pellet guns that kills them instantly, some of these gunsare more potent than a .22 rifle.

      Marion - 2012-04-16 12:09

      @Koos - how does it help anyone when we descend into the gutter along with those who seek to harm/rob us? I do understand that many people are scared witless but to become / behave like a criminal makes us 'animals' too.

      Koos - 2012-04-16 12:14

      @Mike: Do you have a link for me? @Marion: animal or victim? Guess sooner or later we will all have to decide what we rally are.

      Mike - 2012-04-16 12:20

      @koos, its exactly what i watched but close enough i suppose. and take note people.. i dont like hunting and dont do it either.

      Koos - 2012-04-16 12:38

      Very impressive. Thanks Mike.

      Scebberish - 2012-04-16 13:10

      @Marion; animals behave like criminals? criminals behave like animals? Not sure what planet you are from, but most certainly NOT on this planet! I NEVER seen any animal do what humans do............

      Manie - 2012-04-16 13:24

      We have two different lines of thought here. First one: the trap was set up and then very negligently left armed by this guy who knew about the visitor. Bad idea. It could have been his daughter. Attemted murder charges are always used in an instance of any projectile weapon, no matter wich type. Doesnt mean it will stick.\r\nSecond. a trap should be effective not harmful. Id recommend a device that saturates the area with pepper gas/teargas. Its not permanent but the intruder/accidental victim will not be going anywhere for a while, thus giving the owner/cops?/armed respose/his pitbull to secure or disarm the intruder. And no charges can be laid. But such a device should only be triggered after an intrusion has been made. And just for the case of a team of paramedics that needs to enter after you choked on your droewors, I suggest a deadmanswitch with 30min intervals, in the form of a normal remote control in your pocket.

      Marion - 2012-04-16 16:07

      @Scebberish - do you know what inverted commas are and what their purpose is in written communication.

  • bluzulu - 2012-04-16 10:23

    What an Dropkick. Why are so many that sacred in RSA that they have traps installed.....Pathetic. What if he gets a child killed, This is one misguided McGuyver.

      Randomhero6661 - 2012-04-16 11:00

      'a' not 'an' it's Monday grammar day.

      Den - 2012-04-16 11:02

      no one gatvol resident

      Foc - 2012-04-16 11:05

      Sacred?? there is nothing holy about this!!

      bluzulu - 2012-04-16 11:08

      My English Teacher would not be happy,

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      bluzulu - 2012-04-16 11:11

      Like the story of ""Midas"" For his Lust for Gold he lost his Child. Whilst you think you are protecting your Family it just takes one incident when you have forgotten to disengage the trap that a Loved one will pay the price.

      Scebberish - 2012-04-16 13:02

      wait till you are hijacked or members of your family raped and murdered (its only a matter of statistical time), then maybe you will understand why people are scared!

      Scebberish - 2012-04-16 13:07

      @Foc, actually I believe from the complaint there wer quite a few holes!!! ;-)

      bluzulu - 2012-04-16 13:55

      Yes, I'm sure you are the one who requested to be my friend and posted a picture of you sharpening your Knives....hehehehehee

      bluzulu - 2012-04-16 17:19

      You had the Tache in the Pic, hey Bro

  • John - 2012-04-16 10:23

    would have been great had it been a burglar

      Scebberish - 2012-04-16 13:04

      Tthe way SA is going they may well have taken something if no one was around, friends or not!

      Marion - 2012-04-16 16:09

      @Schebberish - what kind of friends do you have?

  • Mark - 2012-04-16 10:25

    Sounds like a McGyver plan

  • Farmworker - 2012-04-16 10:27

    Paranoid person staying in a flat. Perhaps the guy never liked Gerrit because he knew he is coming. Even a pet would have triggered the device they way I understand.

      Zing - 2012-04-17 09:27

      heh heh - he probably set it for the neighbour's cat :D

  • James - 2012-04-16 10:33

    Those are easy to make! Rat trap, water pipe and a shotgun cartridge with some thin wire or fishing line - either 12 gauge or 410. Thing is it is plain silly to erect such a device in a suburban area. Sadly, most areas in SA have no visual policing or CPF. In most cases the punishment does not fit the crime either - criminals get bail too easily and our country is filled to the brim with foreign nationals who are here for one thing only.

  • karen.morrice - 2012-04-16 10:44

    Ha, ha, ha, ha, ha, ha, ha, ha, ha, ha, ha,

  • Dhavandran - 2012-04-16 10:51

    it works!can i have the plans and design for a profitable business?

  • Den - 2012-04-16 11:01

    where do we apply to buy thses things?

      Irene - 2012-04-16 11:28

      Den ~ I want to get hold of this guy to develop something that flies out the side of the car to get rid of the pests trying to sell you hats and cr@p on the side of the road or to zap the window dirtiers.

      seanpresherhughes_1 - 2012-04-16 15:04

      Replace your window washer system with pepper spray device instead and then with a needle re-direct one of the little nozzles to point away from the windscreen and to spray in the direction of the perpetrato instead! :-) If you make this device I want royalties hehehe....... :-)

  • ludlowdj - 2012-04-16 11:06

    Seems that the device was aimed to hit intruders in the legs which automatically makes "attempted murder" the joke that it is, Time for the police and government to realize that they are corrupt organisation hated by most citizens and trusted by even less.

      Marion - 2012-04-16 11:21

      Imagine if a toddler had gone through the gate that had a device 'that was aimed to hit intruders in the legs. Would that be attempted murder or also just a joke. Especially if it was your toddler.

      Mary - 2012-04-17 11:59

      The police will never admit to being part of the problem, neither will the rectums in government.

  • Marion - 2012-04-16 11:11

    When I lived Springs a guy was had up for murder when his electrified GATE resulted in the death of a child. This man's 'security' is totally unacceptable and he should be charged with attempted murder in my opinion.

      Manu - 2012-04-16 11:30

      Marion, I agree with you this kind of security is totally unacceptable. A proper security system should alert the owner when there is an intrusion or deny entry altogether. But to set traps at the point of entry is madness. What if there is an emergency in the house and the first respondents are caught by the trap? Some people don't think.

      Fussed - 2012-04-16 11:35

      desprite times call for desprite measures. Marion, when it happens to you over and over, tell me please that you wont be GAT VOL

      Marion - 2012-04-16 11:52

      @Fussed - there are security systems that involve laser beams in gardens that will trigger alarms without injuring anyone. There is no need to resort to this kind of 'security' mechanism in my opinion. There is an adage that 'all the weapons of war will not arm fear'. Living in fear all the time is no life at all. I walk the streets in Malvern and Joburg CBD regularly and I never fear for my safety. Perhaps I have just been very lucky so far, but it helps to be alert without being terrified.

      Philemon - 2012-04-16 15:35

      "I walk the streets in Malvern and Joburg CBD regularly and I never fear for my safety" ---Maybe you are poor, cheap, fat and ugly.

      Marion - 2012-04-16 16:18

      @Tienie - ignorant am I? Because I do not find blacks scary when every white I know wont even drive on the streets I am prepared to walk on? @Philemon - compared to you I have no doubt I am poor, fat and ugly. However the only thing cheap here is you.

      Fussed - 2012-04-17 03:55

      @ Marion All the electronic devices dont work if you dont have elect

      Mary - 2012-04-17 12:01

      Marion, beam systems cost money, something that many no longer have.

  • Jayson - 2012-04-16 11:26

    What's next?? A couple of Punji pits in the front garden,,, a couple of Claymores with trip wires in the back. Hell,,,this is suburban Nam.

      veritas.odium.paret - 2012-04-16 12:55

      I've actually thought of punji trenches that run along the interior of a fencing wall to 'welcome' whoever jumps over. It could then be disguised with som flowers or such and outsiders would, of course, not know about it. The only drawback is coming up with a means to deter kids from going over there, and the logistics ofcourse.

      Mary - 2012-04-17 12:03

      We are getting there. Thank the ANC for their efforts in this direction.

      Martin - 2012-04-17 12:35

      veritas, In my old place i had some heavy break strain fishing gut and decent size mustad hooks strung up, jump the wall and you wouldnt have made the ground , shreaks and shaking trees would have led me to believe there was an intruder, now its evolved into having effective tools on my person at all times, a boa constrictor for a guard dog, and throwing a few marbles down the drain...criminals have their excessive rights, but i would rather be alive pleading self defence than dead.

  • Dean - 2012-04-16 11:33

    so, let me get this straight... i cant protect my own home, because a criminal who might have intent to kill me and my family, might get hurt in the process of attempting to break in and commit a crime? Wow...criminals have more rights that law abiding citizens. Now an innocent man is arrested when he should have been awarded a medal. Just a pity the wrong person got hurt. If it were a criminal, the responses would have been very different...

      Mary - 2012-04-17 12:04

      Surely you've noticed that in ZA, the criminal has more rights than his victims.

  • siliziwem - 2012-04-16 11:53

    Don't mess with Chuck Norris.

      Mike - 2012-04-16 13:14

      Chuck Norris doesnt need security systems lmao

      Mary - 2012-04-17 12:05

      He won't want to live in Brakpan either.

  • Shirley - 2012-04-16 11:57

    I think there is way to much "reaction" by police. It is the homeowners right to defend his property,[he could of been more careful] and attempted murder is an over the top charge! Wish they would arrest real murderers with such speed!

  • michel.pieterse - 2012-04-16 12:26

    Desperate measures, what is not posted is that the chap was probably burgled or even mugged a few times and has no protection from the SAPS, I don’t agree with the measure he took, but its a very good indication of how GATVOL we have become, sure more stories like this to follow

  • Jacqui - 2012-04-16 12:33

    Attempted murder. Blimey.

  • conrad.reynecke - 2012-04-16 12:36

    @marion, you are so focused on the fact that a kid could have been killed, never mind the fact that houses get broken into everyday where people, including kids get raped and killed for no reason and absolutely nothing gets done about it, the dude was negligend by not disarming the device but any thing that want to break into my place and take my stuff or hurt my family deserves whats comming to him!!!!!!!

      Marion - 2012-04-16 16:22

      @conrad - if a kid had been killed then everyone singing this man's praises and supporting his right to do something this irresponsible would have been singing a totally different tune.

      conrad.reynecke - 2012-04-16 19:11

      but a kid was not killed,this man at least had the balls to protect his family, not have to beg police to come out before they got raped or killed. You almost sound like the only person in the country that has not been accected by crime, that or you have the idea that it will not happen to you!!!!!!!

      Fussed - 2012-04-17 03:57

      @ Marion Please dont complain when no one helps you when you get mugged

      Fussed - 2012-04-17 08:51

      @ Marion. What if what if. What if the anc was not in power There are a lot of "what if's" but they did not happen

  • Arthur - 2012-04-16 12:41

    If he was clever he would've rigged it to a paintball gun instead - with one of those dyes. Would hurt but not injure, and the criminal / trespasser would be marked for police to easily spot. Personally I would prefer motion capture cameras linked to my smartphone, then it's just a call to the cops or ADT to catch them in the act - no harm done.

      Scebberish - 2012-04-16 12:59

      piantballs to stop wouldbe murderous intruders! Must be good Sh*t you smoking!

      seanpresherhughes_1 - 2012-04-16 15:11

      Hugh - Do you want all illegal immigrants to become discoloured? :-)

      Arthur - 2012-04-17 10:40

      Scebberish some of those paintball guns have enough pressure that if it hit you on the head you'd be knocked out. Sean - hahaha good one ;-)

  • paul.prinsloo3 - 2012-04-16 13:12

    Devices of this nature shall become the norm to fill the gap that Law Enforcement Agencies are inept to handle and government too lackluster to act upon.

      Scebberish - 2012-04-16 13:26

      In fact there should be an annual fair with a competition for who has the best contraption, with a nice cash prize for the best inventions. One part of the judging should be how many "kills" and "scores" your device has scored on intruders over a certain period but with points deducted for innocent victims.

  • veritas.odium.paret - 2012-04-16 13:44

    I see a very lucrative project for engineers in this man's device. All they need to do is make it safer towards 'friendlies', easier to install, easier to engage and disengage, harder for criminals to anticipate and I'm getting me one.

      Jayson - 2012-04-16 13:48

      Put me down for a dozen.

  • DuToitCoetzee - 2012-04-16 13:46

    These contraptions are usually a pipe with a hammer (like a revolver)and it gets loaded with a shotgun's ammo(mostly 12Bore). The pipe gets mounted while aiming at a certain point. The trip wire is connected to the hammer that gets hold back by a lever. When the wire gets pulled the lever swivel and the hammer gets released. People used it as traps for wild animals that goes through holes underneath fencing (mostly jackals) There were also some "right-wingers" who build the same contraption in household items like hand axes with pipe handles. Not sure if it is the same, but it sounds like it.

      Leon - 2012-04-16 14:46

      sounds like he used a "Boerseun" just replace the birdshot with rock salt in the cartridge..

  • Leon - 2012-04-16 14:33

    Release the man. Accidents will happen if we need to protect ourselves.

  • - 2012-04-16 15:11

    nice one, mr anti-burglar. 10/10 for your improvisation. police letting us all down. lost three laptops last december, wish i had done the same. but the poor injured man, ouch!! sorry bru.

  • Johnaton - 2012-04-16 16:22

    I would also leave my keys with a neighbour like that, but i would ask him to come get it rather

  • phosa.peter2 - 2012-04-16 16:34

    The man should indeed charged with murder.he should know dat he is staying with people around not predators..

      conrad.reynecke - 2012-04-16 19:15

      if the device was aimed at the head yes, but it was aimed at the legs!

  • barry.dogg.fritz - 2012-04-16 17:03

    bwahahaaaa,i know these people,they have had major theft issues on their plot,so they rigged up a trip wire with shot gun shells to chase would be thieves off,one night thieves made off with about 70k worth of forklift parts , so i dont blame them for setting up the trap,and why try and go in around the back when there is a front door

  • DustFree - 2012-04-16 17:56

    Where can I order some of these contraptions? I require these as back-up for the automatic flame throwers I usually set up before I leave home. They worked with naturally sourced methane gas (just in case the greenies jump on my neck).

      conrad.reynecke - 2012-04-16 19:18

      you sir are a feaken maniac,,,,, a brilliant one,,,,,,,, hats of to you!!!!!!

  • DustFree - 2012-04-16 18:05

    Now some of you might ask where do you naturally source methane gas. Let me tell you: I have a 19kg empty lpg canister at the back of the house connected to a solar powered compressor. In each toilet in the house I have intake valves connected to the compressor which fills the lpg canister. Thus when you visit the toilet one tends to let off some "gas" before the actual event. Connect yourself to the intake valve and the compressor does the rest. I eat a lot of baked beans for cholesterol reasons...thus I fill the canister every second week.

  • Colin - 2012-04-16 18:54

    Gerrit is a close friend of mine. How would you like it if this was one of your friend or family. Just so you uniformed people know it was not a pelet gun it was a buck shot that shoot hundreds of bullets. And what will you say if it was the 3 year old that run on the plot that was shot and not a grown up? And yes there is a little 3 year old on the plot. There is more then what is written think about a persone family before putting up idoit comments.

      DustFree - 2012-04-16 21:08

      I've got kids on my plot as well, but at least they know where the trip wires are.

  • VRalph - 2012-04-16 20:45

    this device will make Thugs think twice to break into a house

  • DustFree - 2012-04-16 21:05

    I find this funny because my uncle had a similar-ish incident back in the 80's. Him being a fitter&turner he divised a mechanism which looked similar to the little cannon on a pack of Gunston filter (oops am I allowed to mentioned the G-word...I am not advertising the product...just for perspective purposes). This little cannon was large enough to furnish one 12 bore round and a very sensitive trigger mechanism. He and his wife went on holiday with us after setting up the mechanism facing the biggest front room window. After the holiday we went with them to their house and saw the whole window blown to pieces. Him being very excited about seeing possible blood and bodies, were sad to see just glass pieces, ruined curtains and antique items left and right of the window damaged beyond repair. He forgot about temperature fluctuations which influenced the wire connected to the trigger mechanism. He never lived that one down in our family and the rest of the street.

  • radlegend - 2012-04-17 10:37

    Lesson learnt: DO NOT pitch up at people's homes unannounced!! Kudos to the homeowner. Police shouldnt hold it against him for protecting himself.

  • gideon.walt - 2012-11-14 13:20

    funny contraption, six bullets before he can jump out of the way. More effective and accurate than our SAPS.

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