Robbers return on day of man's funeral

2013-04-22 09:08

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Durban - Armed men shot dead a Durban father during a robbery at his home and then returned on the day of his funeral - to steal his wife’s car and household items.

The Sunday Tribune reported that Christoffel “Bob” Heunis, 67, was shot dead on 8 April.

His son, Christoffel Heunis junior, said he couldn’t believe the audacity of the robbers, who returned on 12 April, on the day of his father’s memorial service, to steal from his dad’s house.

During the initial robbery, the robbers had only taken Heunis’s firearm after shooting and killing him and had run away.

While the family was at a nearby church, the robbers came back and ransacked the house, taking Heunis’s wife’s car, as well as jewellery and household items.  

“We had left very early because my mother had to do the flower arrangements,” said Christoffel Heunis.

“I initially thought they took the car only. But when I got to the house I found the back door opened. The cupboards were open. The house was a mess.  They took computers, laptops, jewellery and anything of value they could find.”

The following day, the robbers apparently again tried to break into the house but Heunis’s brother-in-law had hired a security guard who called for help.

“You would think these guys wouldn’t come back,” said Heunis.

Police are investigating the incident but family is still coming to terms with the tragedy.

“It’s a very tough and emotional time.  We won’t stay here. We’re not sure where we are going to go but we are considering our options,” he said.

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