Man killed during Free State robbery

2012-01-12 18:09

Johannesburg - A man was shot dead by house robbers in Thabong, Free State police said on Thursday.

The 35-year-old parked his car, entered his house and was shot on Wednesday evening, Warrant Officer Malebo Khosana said.

He was hit in the face and neck and died on the scene.

"The two men who did this fled the scene without taking anything from the house."

Khosana said the victim's mother, grandmother, brother and teenage daughter were also in the house. They were held at gunpoint.

"They sat with them waiting for the deceased to arrive. He was shot and killed instantly on his entrance. The motive of the murder is unclear," Khosana said.

One of the alleged killers was believed to be involved in other two house robberies in Thabong earlier this month.

  • Shirley - 2012-01-12 18:43

    Another citizen of this countrys life snuffed out by souless species that wonder around robbing and killing freely but the government STILL insists we dont need the death penalty!!!!

      Peter - 2012-01-12 19:00

      Since 1977, 35 countries have abolished the death penalty. For good reason. It's been proven over and over again that the death penalty fails as a deterrent. Common believe is that the death-penalty will somehow save the tax payer. This is far from the truth. Below is an extract from a study into the costs involved. "A 2003 legislative audit in Kansas found that the estimated cost of a death penalty case was 70% more than the cost of a comparable non-death penalty case. Death penalty case costs were counted through to execution (median cost $1.26 million). Non-death penalty case costs were counted through to the end of incarceration (median cost $740,000)." I do agree that something drastically needs to be done but bringing back the death penalty is not the answer.

      Marc - 2012-01-12 19:47

      Peter: the "deterrent" argument has nothing to do with the real value of a death sentence. The death sentence is useful because it meets the need in the citizens’ mind for "justice to be done/seen to be done". Law-abiding citizens pay for the legal system and I am sure there are many types of crime for which incarceration is equally valueless, due to the nature of the criminal mind. Studying human psychology and criminology, including all the various social scientists efforts to understand and rehabilitate criminals has bought about absolutely no change in the intensity or frequency of crimes committed throughout the world. The ridiculous costs incurred by state of Kansas I don't dispute. What is clear is that government agencies incurring these costs are themselves nigh criminal in the wasting of public funds by incurring them. The eradication of a human stain rapidly and inexpensively, without the needless input of humanitarians, poets, "intellectuals" (I love that one even more than 'academics') and, in general, liberals is essential.

      GWS - 2012-01-12 22:23

      Peter it all depends how fast the condemned individual takes to get to the gallows. In China the process is quite fast. In the US there is plenty of red tape and it just delays the inevitable. Botswana does not dillly dally with the process once the death sentence is handed down. South Africa has committed a serious blunder in this regard and the next thousand murder victims will agree I'm sure....and the thousand victims after that..

      Graham - 2012-01-13 10:33

      People don't commit murder expecting to be caught, so how would the death penalty be a deterrent? It would only deter if you committed a crime and knew you would be caught. Nobody murders expecting to be caught. This is why only tin pot countries have not abolished the death penalty..

      Graham - 2012-01-13 10:35

      China have executed the wrong person many times, and only the backward looking US states still have it.

  • braamc - 2012-01-12 19:05

    he motive of the murder is unclear," Khosana said. - these rapist and killers have no motive, they kill for nothing. Jesus

      Zifnab - 2012-01-13 08:51

      Jesus has nothing to do with this.

  • kobie.nel1 - 2012-01-12 19:16

    @ Peter That study was obvious a brainwashing exercise to wash the brains of the eazy believers. The streses caused on the hangmans rope does not destroy it and it is reusable. Leathal injections are not reasable and expensive. Common sense tells you that a executed person is imediately a law abiding citizen because he cannot kill, rape or rob again. On top of that he does not cost the tax payer a cent more, accept for his cremation, that is not that expensive. No food and medical expensis, bording and lodging whatsoever. Common sense prevail in those that can think for themselfs, but not in bleeding hearts, liberals, and people that follow, to be IN and want to be seen as enlightened.

      Peter - 2012-01-13 16:42

      @Kobie: The cost involved is everything until the END of incarceration. And still it is more costly. Most people I talk to do indeed want the death penalty back, so how on earth can a stance against the death penalty be seen as wanting to be IN?

  • Max - 2012-01-12 19:34

    So Peter what do you think the answer is? You are not dealing here with rationally thinking human beings, you are dealing with a sub species of something between a human and an animal with no respect for human life. How can you attribute human thinking to a thing like that?

  • Alon - 2012-01-12 20:41

    Sounds like a hit to me...

  • Wimpy - 2012-01-13 07:45

    they sat with them waiting for the deceased to arrive ???

  • Sharon - 2012-01-13 09:01

    If they are classing this as a robbery, they are barking up the wrong tree. the bad people waited for him to come home, shot him and left WITHOUT TAKING ANYTHING! Um, doen't sound at all like a robbery to me, but I am not a "trained" police officer, what do I know?

  • Dave - 2012-03-28 00:32

    Graham, clearly you one of those individuals that has never done anything wrong then? As for me I have plenty experience in that field...and trust me you always think of the possibility of being caught and the punishment you will receive. So yes it will make a difference when they decide to kill someone for the "fun", or just take the stuff and leave. As barbaric as they are there is a big difference from sitting 2-5 yrs for housebreaking or the long drop for murder. However I do think there should be strict guidelines for the death penalty and only passed in the most extreme cases.

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