Robber shot during violent hold-up

2013-07-31 10:59

Durban - A violent home invader was shot in a Richards Bay house on Monday evening.

The attacker had just hit a woman over the head with a crowbar while a second attacker, armed with a broken brick, beat the woman’s grandmother, who was left with severe bruising on her arms as she defended herself.

Riana Roestorff, a visitor from Lydenburg, said their whole family had gathered at her daughter’s house for a braai.

“There were 13 of us - my mom, my daughters, their partners and children and friends. We were all inside the lounge when the security gate burst open and two men stormed in.

“One man flung a brick into the lounge. It broke when it hit the wall and he picked up a large broken piece. He swung around wildly, demanding our cellphones.”

Miguel da Costa, the homeowner, said he tried to reason with the man.


“I said we will give him what he wanted, but he must leave quietly. However, the man was wild. I’m sure he was drugged. He screamed and demanded our cellphones. My partner, Marlese Roestorff, came to her grandmother’s aid when he hit her with the broken brick and then the second attacker struck.

“This man was armed with a crowbar and he hit Marlese over the head. She dropped down, bleeding profusely from a large gash in her head.

“My father, Luis, was in his room adjacent to the lounge and he heard the commotion. He peeked around the door and saw what was happening. He grabbed his gun and stormed out, motioning to me to stay out of the line of fire. He screamed at the attacker, who was trying to hit Marlese again, and then he fired two shots.”

The armed attacker dropped to the floor, injured, and the second one grabbed two phones from the dining room table and ran away.

Although Da Costa jnr tried to follow the fleeing man, he couldn’t find him. He did, however, recover a television set and other items that the two had stolen from another house in the area earlier that evening.

“The police arrived within three minutes and they were brilliant,” said Roestorff. “Paramedics helped my daughter and took her to hospital for treatment. The forensics squad were there to take fingerprints and the dog squad arrived a while later from Empangeni to try trace the remaining suspect.”

The injured man is under police guard in hospital.

  • George Carson - 2013-07-31 11:08

    Good. High time people started fighting back. The only disappointment is that the vicious brutes survived.

  • Jordan du Toit - 2013-07-31 11:08

    each time a criminal thief gets shot or caught, it makes my day

  • Jordan du Toit - 2013-07-31 11:08

    justice for all

  • Jacques Shreky Stander - 2013-07-31 11:11

    And they want to take away our guns !!

  • Darren Roderick Kirsten - 2013-07-31 11:11

    Too bad the robber only got wounded. well done sir for protecting your family and friends

  • Mzamane Samuel Khobane - 2013-07-31 11:12

    U should had shot all the bastards dead now the other thug is on loose aag man,i'm tired of these NYaopE boys

  • Sydwell Somashini - 2013-07-31 11:29

    Yho, I could picture this happening...

  • Muke Matshaba - 2013-07-31 11:32

    My Hero of the week!!!

  • Nontuthuzelo Fergie Ka Jolingana - 2013-07-31 11:38

    now give that man a Bells!!

      PointBlank - 2013-07-31 12:51

      Give that man a Johhny Walker Blue Label!!

      Darren Roderick Kirsten - 2013-07-31 13:01

      Give him a windhoek, he isnt a whiskey drinker lol

  • Ravin Govinden - 2013-07-31 11:45

    I am disappointed he injured the bastar!. He should have killed the bastar!. All these hard criminals need to be killed to make things better.

  • Reza Ryklief - 2013-07-31 11:57

    I hope the ladies are recovering well and I hope you shot him in the testes.

  • Krispin Davies - 2013-07-31 12:02

    Well done to police for quick response

  • Seymour Ridge - 2013-07-31 12:07

    We'll I hate to say it but this has to count as a 'good news' story all round. No- one was killed and the bad guys were caught. A man has successfully used a firearm, the great equalizer, to defend himself and his loved ones against violent attackers. He has performed his duty as a citizen. The police have arrived promptly on cue to perform their duty, which is to catch and arrest criminals, and hopefully the public prosecutors will perform their duty and lock them up. In countries with compulsory national service the crime rate tends to be lower as everyone knows that everyone else has the ability to defend themselves. All able citizens need to undertake training and apply for a firearm license. They are successfully used many more times around the world in defense than attack. The excuse that owning one makes you a target for theft doesn't wash as they are already freely available on the black market, most coming through our porous borders, rather than out the hands of citizens. Just like a car they are easy to use, and in the wrong hands deadly. Cars kill around 15000 people a year in sa, whereas guns are responsible for around a third of murders, at around 6000, and there are more guns than cars. They are mostly a tool, used for hunting or defense. Again like a car, the skills required to operate them safely must be practiced regularly too. A gun in untrained hands is almost as dangerous as a set of car keys in untrained hands. It's time for you all to start taking responsibility for yourselves. Peace.

  • Winifred Watson - 2013-07-31 12:08

    Well done, only glad the guy a gun to save them. Savages

  • Kurt Kassen - 2013-07-31 12:22

    My frend incase u hav forgotten u are in SA not portugal english or dnt talk at all

      Donald James Rishworth - 2013-07-31 13:08

      Kurt, that's rich - looking at your post your english leaves a lot to be desired.....

      Wotnext - 2013-07-31 13:10

      @Kurt Kassen: The name of the man who shot the robber is Luis da Costa. Hundreds of thousands of South Africans are of Portuguese and Madeiran descent and many of them still speak Portuguese, so they will understand. Since you are so keen on the English language, allow me to inform you that there are eleven errors in the sentence you wrote.

      Sonia Bloem - 2013-07-31 13:38

      @kurt u = YOU dnt = DON'T Frend = FRIEND hav = HAVE

      Sergio Fernandes - 2013-07-31 13:39

      Alright Kurt. Let me talk your language then. Awe ma se kind. Do you understand my chommie.

      DeAndre Sosa - 2013-07-31 14:15

      Steek hom Kurrrt Steek hom! he's gonna lee-yern hahahaha Sergio that was funny. Obrigado pelo riso

  • Madala Buster - 2013-07-31 12:45

    Robber(t) shot during violent hold-up(thought was Mugabe)

  • Alistair Fiddleton - 2013-07-31 13:02

    shoot to kill

  • Hazael Gray - 2013-07-31 13:04

    GOOD!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Should have killed him!!!!!!!!!

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