Paraplegic takes down intruder

2012-09-03 10:10

Johannesburg - A paraplegic man shot and killed his gardener after the man attacked him in his Cradock home in the Eastern Cape, the Beeld reported on Monday.

Police spokesperson Captain Stefanie Smith said the victim, 58, heard a knock at his door and opened it, as he had been expecting a relative on Saturday morning.

His gardener forced his way into the home, threatened him with a knife and demanded money, the paper reported.

The victim was stabbed in both arms, then wheeled into his bedroom, where he was further assaulted.

When he fell out of his chair, he managed to reach his rifle, which had been positioned next to his bed.

He fired one shot at his assailant, who was critically wounded and later died at the scene.
Smith said a murder docket had been opened.

  • Jason - 2012-09-03 10:16

    A murder docket was opened?? I know this is standard procedure but I hope the prosecutor quickly decides not to proceed. Clear case of self defense!

      mofstok - 2012-09-03 10:26

      Like you said: it's only standard procedure. Nothing will happen, as it should.

      Rudolf - 2012-09-03 10:47

      How many news report have there been on "gardeners" attacking / assaulting / MURDERING their employers in the last couple of months...? I mean What in the world is up with that? If your gardener feels aggrieved then you can take it as a 'given' he will be back to take his revenge... Those times of thinking "it can't happen to me" is LOOOOONNGG Gone

      erich.goosen - 2012-09-03 10:49

      Our brilliant NPA will probably submit at the hearing that the accused was bigger and stronger than the poor deceased - al la Marikana style.

      michael.vanrheenen.9 - 2012-09-03 10:50

      That is why I would do all my own house work! You can't trust nobody these days! Just a pity this guy is a paraplegic... Well done sir! You deserve a Bells!

      alwynb - 2012-09-03 11:06

      We need a "Protection of Habitat" law in SA (Castle law in USA). So that these bastards can be killed when they enter your house and not only if you manage to survive their attack, then get charged with murder and then only maybe get off.

      nicolas.gombert.16 - 2012-09-03 11:52

      @ Jason: because the poorly trained cops only know murder, robbery, rape and GBH. It should have been justifiable homicide.

      manningi1 - 2012-09-03 13:19

      News 24, Let's hear if the charge was dropped or reduced.

      steven.hart.3760 - 2012-09-03 14:03

      So frustrating that you still get people that give you the thumbs down on comments like this.

  • esther.coetzee.50 - 2012-09-03 10:26

    Good for you! So glad that you could save yourself and killed the bastard

  • adriaan.pieterse - 2012-09-03 10:28

    Well done, once again people have to go to extremes to protect themselves.

  • crazyjourno - 2012-09-03 10:28

    Whoo Hooo! You go boy! My home town rules!!

      Randomhero6661 - 2012-09-03 11:43

      imagine a world without whoo girls...

  • fredster.mania.5 - 2012-09-03 10:29

    Well done

  • moi.carla.1980 - 2012-09-03 10:29

    How brave of the gardner, to assault a man in a wheelchair. Well done to the victim, you get to live to tell the tale.

  • felix.feline.3 - 2012-09-03 10:30

    Give that man a gold medal.

  • john.turner.58760608 - 2012-09-03 10:30

    In the paralympics and here in South Africa, it shows that disabled does not mean you are not some one to be reckoned with. Another Gold Medal performance.

  • bakers.dozen.14 - 2012-09-03 10:34

    Skiet hom in die holl doll pa will die vel heel he. LOL

  • xanavin.vonbuchenroder - 2012-09-03 10:36

    Give this man a Bell's. No..... no..... make it a Johnnie Walker BLUE Label :-)

  • carolyn.dewrance - 2012-09-03 10:38

    A murder docket was opened, what about a robbery with intent to murder against the Gardner. This man was right to defend himself.

      Arm_Witmens - 2012-09-03 10:41

      the gardner is dead. No need to clog the system with cases against corpses.

      Msika - 2012-09-03 10:58

      How about opening a case against you for being dumb? Gardner is dead, why should they open a case against him?

      ludlowdj - 2012-09-03 11:40

      Its just a formality, even police officer are by law required to be charged with murder when they kill someone, the review will look at the evidence and the charge will be cleared or dropped.

  • sdconradie - 2012-09-03 10:39

    Give that man a Bells!

      stuka.nel - 2012-09-03 10:47

      just dont drink and drive..hiehie...

  • Victoria - 2012-09-03 10:46

    Good for this gentleman, you have the right to protect yourself and especially in your own home!

  • maylani.bezuidenhout - 2012-09-03 10:48

    It sickens me that these criminals always go for children, old people and the disabled.. easy prey. Well he got what he deserved. The rest better watch out because we are tired of being victims!

  • Jacques - 2012-09-03 10:54

    HOW can a paraplegic be charged with murder after being attacked in his own bloody home?! What a cowardly d1ckhead of a garfener, hope he's roasting in hell now. Wishing the man a speedy recovery, and by the grace of God can this murder docket also 'get lost' somewhere. What an ordeal!

      hsebolelo - 2012-09-03 11:03

      Because, its A Law

      Jacques - 2012-09-03 23:47

      So you can break the law by 1) breaking and entering, 2)battery and assault 3) armed robbery 4)attempted murder- but nobody can do anything to you, because if they dare defend themselves they're in bigger crap that you? Some law!

  • stuart.scully.31 - 2012-09-03 10:56

    A murder docket?????? A hero docket should have been opened! Well done sir, you have relieved us of another thieving murderous swine!

  • mantothieve.missingman - 2012-09-03 10:59

    Well done , from now on I hope you roll with your shotgun in your chair , TIA after all

  • Msika - 2012-09-03 11:01

    This man should be in the paralympics representing SA in the shooting games.

      jaysonpaul.beckwith - 2012-09-03 12:22


  • Johan De Beer - 2012-09-03 11:10

    A murder docket ha been opened. Unbelievable.

      Msika - 2012-09-03 11:30

      It's the LAW!!

      gideon.keyser - 2012-09-03 12:53

      chill out, its just procedure.

  • BigChiefPlumbPudding - 2012-09-03 11:17

    Excellent news.

  • johan.vanheerden.737 - 2012-09-03 11:30

    This is why I believe in fire-arms

      jaysonpaul.beckwith - 2012-09-03 12:36

      Totally agree. If I have a un-welcomed guest in my house while my family is there. He will have a un-welcomed hole in his head.

      jaysonpaul.beckwith - 2012-09-03 12:58

      Glock 21 should do the trick.

  • herman.heil - 2012-09-03 11:36


  • ludlowdj - 2012-09-03 11:38

    Good, time for scum to learn that they will pay.

  • bashin.monyela - 2012-09-03 11:55

    Wait.... A murder docket? Somebody please explain to me why

      lebogang.molefo - 2012-09-03 11:59

      Because in South Africa the victim is always wrong and the victim always pays the crime....

      mantothieve.missingman - 2012-09-03 12:28

      Standard procedure with the SAPS , Its up to the SP to enrole the case with a court

  • jaysonpaul.beckwith - 2012-09-03 12:16

    Most of the time its the old and weak that gets targeted. Its so good to hear when they fight back. This gardener planted his last rose. Well done sir.

  • tricia.sutherland1 - 2012-09-03 12:45

    i will say it again, if he did not have a gun he'd be dead too. we have to protect ourselves. what a coward the gardner was for attacking a paraplegic. gotta start reassessing who we employ as a gardner, miner is a wonderful Malawian young man.

      jaysonpaul.beckwith - 2012-09-03 13:07


  • flysouth - 2012-09-03 15:01

    "...Arms discourage and keep the invader and plunderer in awe, and preserve order in the world as well as property...Horrid mischief would ensue were the law-abiding deprived of the use of them." — Thomas Paine, Thoughts On Defensive War, 1775

  • lskosana3 - 2012-09-03 21:34

    Good! Filthy thug trying to murder a defenceless man!

  • Ryan - 2012-09-12 13:29

    YAY Good news. Give the man a Bells!

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