Teen kills intruder and saves dad's life

2012-08-23 14:31

Cape Town - A guesthouse owner's son is the hero of the day after killing an intruder who was shooting at his father, it was reported on Thursday.

"I knew it was either him or us who would die," said Liam Kleyn, 16, from a hospital in Hermanus.

Canzius Kleyn, 47, his wife, Betsie and their son Liam, were watching TV at their guest farm outside Caledon on Tuesday evening when a man walked in and aimed a 9mm pistol at them, Die Burger reported.

Fight to the death

Betsie Kleyn had her pistol with her because she felt uneasy after a call earlier in the day when someone enquired about accommodation in the guesthouse, but refused to give her his contact details.

"He kept on asking whether we would be home in the evening," she said.

When he saw her pistol, the intruder started shooting at her. Canzius then jumped up and tried pinning down the man.

The intruder kept on fighting while Betsie fired at him. The intruder shot Canzius in the wrist and bit his ear off.

During this time, Liam went to fetch another pistol from the safe and killed the intruder.

"It’s scary to think of it now, but it was a fight to death."

"He’s our hero," Canzius said of Liam. "He stayed calm...and saved all of our lives."

The death of the unknown man is being investigated, police spokesperson Lieutenant Colonel André Traut said.

  • michael.vanrheenen.9 - 2012-08-23 14:35

    What a f$%king hero!!! Well done my man!!!!

      michael.vanrheenen.9 - 2012-08-23 14:46

      Good intuition by the mom as well... Well you feel uncomfortable about something, rather be safe than sorry!

      Rabbler.Rouser - 2012-08-23 14:58

      Well done. At least we are rid of one more criminal vermin.

      jody.beggs - 2012-08-23 15:11

      Give that man a Jameson. F#$% the bells

      michael.vanrheenen.9 - 2012-08-23 15:21

      @ DamnTheMan - He's a bit too young for that I think! But then again, it's a special occasion!

      butter.nut.37 - 2012-08-23 15:32

      bravo my son !!!!!.You should have shot his nuts off first ..........the Lord will bless you.........

      Stormkaap - 2012-08-23 15:50

      I wonder which douche bags gave the thumbs down!

      mattewis.kat - 2012-08-24 06:49

      Now they can recruit him to train the SAPS members to pass their firearm competence tests!

      preshen.govender.90 - 2012-08-24 08:17

      COD is good for you

      john.turner.58760608 - 2012-08-24 08:19

      Who are these reprobates who are giving these comments the thumbs down?

      lostwithinsanity - 2012-08-24 10:27

      I agree with you!! He's a legend :D. If anyone invades a household you shoot to kill, let the cops handle the paperwork since that is all they're good at these days. On a side note, the people that are disliking the comments are siding with the criminal. :P

      michael.vanrheenen.9 - 2012-08-24 10:49

      Nah Preshen Govender my man! COD sucks! BF3 rules! :)

      jackal666.daniel - 2012-08-24 12:25

      A boy with a good aim! Go you!

      razz.tazz.9 - 2012-08-24 16:44

      Give him a BELL.

      smellarat.smith - 2012-08-24 17:18

      I am of course giving this family the benefit of the doubt. But it is unusual that an "intruder" would call in advance to make the sure the family is home, and then act alone. Is there a little twist in the tale here?

  • Jason - 2012-08-23 14:36

    Well done young man! Im glad the family is ok................BUT where is it OK for a 16 year old boy to have to kill someone! This country is F$#ked! He will now have to go through life knowing what its like to kill another human all because these criminals operate without fear! Well its time hard working South Africans start putting fear into them.

      fussed.anderson - 2012-08-23 14:59

      O what a feeling to have (envy)

      gillian.sanderson - 2012-08-23 15:12

      Yes - well done Liam and you are all lucky to have survived. However, there's bound to be some serious councilling need for all. Not a very nice thing to happen to anybody!

      cecilhstephens - 2012-08-23 15:36

      During the so called bush war many very young MEN had to kill and be killed and for what, this F*&KUP of a ANC run Country, think also of all the parents on both side who lost there Children and the bitter taste that is left. GOD HELP OUR BEAUTIFUL CONTRY

      itumeleng.mogaki - 2012-08-23 15:48

      Jason the young man had no choice but to, so he is already forgiven, I say well done to him. Another scum off the surface of the earth, wish they could all die at once.

      christelle.james.7 - 2012-08-23 16:29

      I agree Jason. But you know, everybody fears a break-in as we know the violence (killing) which accompanies it. I'm feel embarrassed to say this, but this type of thing should happen more often - let thugs start worrying about whether they are the ones who will be killed when they break into people's homes. The violent tail is wagging the dog - let us turn it around.

      BigChiefPlumbPudding - 2012-08-23 16:33

      Jason - Indeed, it just should not be this way.

      jody.beggs - 2012-08-23 16:58

      And the have dis-armed the citizens so we are more defenseless.

      aron.degouveia - 2012-08-23 20:26

      We were all 16 when we were conscripted into the army to go and fight on the boarder from 1971 onwards the youngsters of today are just so usless they grow up soft sitting round playing computer games. ITS the farm boys like this youngster that have grown up right and know how to handle themselfs. We were killing "people" at his age.... Wake up.

      christopher.collings.9 - 2012-08-23 23:51

      aron.degouveia no soldier worth his salt would run his mouth like u just have - I call your bullsh*t

      gungets.tuft - 2012-08-24 15:46

      Killed another human .. where. I saw a report of a criminal/murderer dying but assume that humanity was lacking?

  • mofstok - 2012-08-23 14:40

    Well done dude!

  • mokgadim - 2012-08-23 14:43

    "The death of the unknown man is being investigated, police spokesperson Lieutenant Colonel André Traut said." Why???

      kelvyn.davidson.1 - 2012-08-23 15:38

      Every shooting especially when a death is involved is investigated, the law is quite strict with this, sadly I fear this kid and his family will have months of tense drama ahead, he may well be charged for unlawful discharge of a firearm and manslaughter. I sincerely hope not !

      aron.degouveia - 2012-08-23 20:29

      Because if it was just another WHITE farmer murdered THEY would not give a s£!t. Because he is an UNKNOWN there will be a massive hoha.

      mike.bundy.73 - 2012-08-24 09:35

      What a silly question. Obviously all gunshot related deaths have to be investigated, there would be a huge outcry otherwise. People could be murdering all over the place and claiming self defense.

      lande.willemse - 2012-08-24 11:22

      It is the procedure, even when a policeman shoots and kills a suspect a docket like this opened and investigated. It is the law. I doubt very much something will come of it though

  • Garth - 2012-08-23 14:43

    well done pal! need more men like you in this country, feed the body to hyenas on a farm or something....

  • Hemlock - 2012-08-23 14:43

    Well done Liam......Your parents must be very proud of you. What you shot and killed was sub-human filth. You are a courageous young man. applaud you :o)

  • sanda.mnyazi - 2012-08-23 14:44

    Wow, a brave young man..... Your family and SA citizen will forever be criminal off the streets

  • ryno.colyn - 2012-08-23 14:47

    well done! if your government cant keep you safe do it yourself!

  • andrew.mackie.90 - 2012-08-23 14:49

    One less drawn out murder trial to be postponed endlessly. Hope the victims recover from this ordeal.

  • marilyn.edge.3 - 2012-08-23 14:50

    He'll probably be arrested for murder now...

      herman.bester.58 - 2012-08-23 14:53

      your cup is probably half empty...

      ryno.colyn - 2012-08-23 14:53

      hi marilyn, yes he will, but the case will be thrown out as he acted in self defense. No court in the world will be able to prove guilt in this case.

      shelley.vorster.9 - 2012-08-23 15:16

      actually marilyn may not be far off here. The law in this country will see it as him leaving the scene to go & get a nothe fire arm, It can & note i am not saying WILL BE, but can be seen as pre-mededated - lets face it we all KNOW how pathetic our judicial system can be.

      kelvyn.davidson.1 - 2012-08-23 15:42

      Sadly this is a probable scenario, unlawful discharge of firearm, manslaughter, he is a minor so the case will be dealt with some level of care, the best thing for this family yo do is seek trauma counselling this will go a long way in their defence

      richard.hipkin - 2012-08-23 16:21

      Actually you all wrong. If the police and the prosecuting authority deem the act was in self defence he WILL NOT BE CHARGED. In this case, it is pretty obvious, therefore no charges will be laid.

      hendrik.schutte.3152 - 2012-08-23 17:19

      Sadly yes, and we are surely all just too well aware how the "human rights" of a criminal rank much higher in this screwed up country than the rights of decent citizens. Hope the meanest best lawyer in the land offers his services free of charge to this young hero.

      kelvyn.davidson.1 - 2012-08-23 17:35

      @pointblank a warning statement will be signed, the firearm taken, statements, etc, docket opened, and a trial date set, the Prosecutor (senior prosecutor ) will decide to pursue charges or not, the police follow this avenue as they do not choose who to prosecute, they are bound by duty to follow up and carry out the letter of the law. the police can sway the PC and suggest the party was acting in a certain way, however, the fact is a person died , shot by a non licensed owner of a firearm ! me personally I would give him a hero's badge !!!!!

      zahir786 - 2012-08-25 02:43

      You guys are forgetting one thing! This happened in the Western Cape so maybe just maybe the Law will be on the side of the actual victims here ! And all will be fair,There is Hope! In any case this kid is a Hero!

  • Kobus Bisschoff - 2012-08-23 14:52

    Ek wonder wat het aunti Nadine G hier oor te se - sy maar stil!

      jacqui.daanevanrensburg - 2012-08-24 12:51

      Kobus, wie is sy?

  • roger.howdy - 2012-08-23 14:54

    Watch your backs Criminals... you guys are forcing the people to become more and more violent. 1 by 1 you will be picked off. 1 by 1 you will suffer the same trauma that you putting everyone else in! The police cant help you neither will the people stand for your Cr@p!! Well Done man nice shooting for a young lad

  • shirley.steenkamp - 2012-08-23 14:55

    Well done young man!!! Courage never failed you! It shows you-listen to your "gut feeling",they are selfdom wrong!

  • pyn.appel - 2012-08-23 14:55

    Well done Liam. You are probably going to struggle with the fact that you killed another human being (doesnt matter under the circumstances) ... go and get counceling ASAP ... you ARE a hero, and never forget that!

      Simon - 2012-08-23 16:05

      Good advice!

  • preggy.govender.9 - 2012-08-23 14:57

    Give that litey a Bells!

      mxolisi.veco - 2012-08-23 15:15

      His under age for that.

      marius.j.rensburg.3 - 2012-08-23 15:59

      Mxolisi - can you lighten up for 2 seconds, even in the spirit of this story you one of those people who still find a problem with something, right?

      richard.hipkin - 2012-08-23 16:22

      Mannie777, you lighten up man, mxolisi was also just having a light moment... sheesh..

      hendrik.breed - 2012-08-23 22:32

      Govy, let's make it clean soda. It's the idea1

      willie.wessels.90 - 2012-08-24 07:36

      if you can shoot you can drink! well done!

      raymond.romans.5 - 2012-08-24 08:56

      Mannie, spirit of the story? Haha, nice pun.

      mike.bundy.73 - 2012-08-24 09:47

      He's only under age to buy liquor, minors can legally drink alcohol under adult supervision

  • masego.shongwe.7 - 2012-08-23 14:58

    you are brave and i salute you , i just hope Liam get profesional help to deal with what happened just to make sure Liam is not affected negetivly by this, killing a man is not an easy.

  • bontle.kgosi.5 - 2012-08-23 14:59

    Well done son! I would have done the same myself. No mercy for the criminals, period!!

  • carol.harvey.9406 - 2012-08-23 15:02

    Very very brave ... !! Amazing !! Well Done !! One down, 1 million criminals to go ....

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  • gert.barnard12 - 2012-08-23 15:16

    Well done Liam!!

  • graeme.aitken.545 - 2012-08-23 15:16

    Good thing you didn't shoot the bastard through the head, you would have missed his brain by 3 inches and he would have ended up being treated in a 5 star private hospital and demanding panado's for his damn head-ache. Jy is daai ou Liam

  • jack.kukard - 2012-08-23 15:16

    I'll give him at least 100%.....

  • adriaan.pieterse - 2012-08-23 15:18

    A job well done, comfort yourself in the fact that your family and you can live another day.

  • Pieter Baartman - 2012-08-23 15:23

    You have saved dozens if not hundreds of innocent future victims lives. Something the police are unable to do. Thank you very much.

  • Dawn Campbell Gibson - 2012-08-23 15:23

    That boy should be given a medal. Show S Africans the way it should be done!

      BigChiefPlumbPudding - 2012-08-23 16:37

      Well that would be commending someone for doing the right thing and generally supporting 'good'. This is not something we find happening much in SA. The current trend is to support criminals, so I'm not sure there will be any medals.

  • tricia.sutherland1 - 2012-08-23 15:28

    This 16yr old was put in a situation of having to kill someone - and the government wants us to hand in our guns!!! those people would've been all dead if they didn't have guns. so we hear about friendly robbers who take but don't harm and then others that rape, torture and kill - how do we tell the difference. I say - no matter who walks in your house, whether male/female, adult/child, black/white - shoot. Answer: STAY OFF OTHER PEOPLE'S PROPERTY. Just like the President has bodyguards to protect him and his house - we have to protect ourselves. Stories like this will make criminals even more aggressive and murderous.

  • pjsawers - 2012-08-23 15:31

    He is only 16 but I think a Bells is in order. Exceptions can surely be made!

  • andre.vandeventer.16 - 2012-08-23 15:32

    Well done, he wont't bother you again, ever! It the only way because this corrupt government cannot ensure your or everyone else's safety. In SA you have to think defensively all the time, even when having a braai in your own yard. Thinking about that, I'm off to the butcher!

  • riotousr - 2012-08-23 15:41

    Give that boy an apple juice!

  • george.maluleka.7 - 2012-08-23 15:44

    Will I be correct to say, you can shoot and kill a person when your life is threatened? Even if you don't have certificate of competency, leave alone using someone's fire arm? If the above is correct... What is wrong then driving my dad's car with no drivers license when he is under the influence. No swearing please!!

      bernard.ingram - 2012-08-23 15:57

      Dude, it was an act in self defense. Do you know what self defense means? Age or competency plays not part when defending lives. A bit slow, are we today?

      marius.j.rensburg.3 - 2012-08-23 16:08

      you end with "no swearing please" so you know whats comming, right? So by your above example you see that defending your life and that of your parents THE SAME AS just driving your drunk dad home? Seriously?

      christelle.james.7 - 2012-08-23 16:34

      George, wrong point my friend. Forget about driving the car - can you try and give us another solution this boy should have taken. And to me it looks as if he did not need a certificate of competency!

      BigChiefPlumbPudding - 2012-08-23 16:42

      You just need to understand the underlying principles of the Law. The comparison in your example is completely wrong. Law 'books' are very interesting, and will many times draw 'tricky' comparisons like yours to test if you understand the underlying principle. Available from most of the major book stores - go read. 'Criminal Law' by Snyman is a good starting point.

      jody.beggs - 2012-08-23 17:02

      Maybe you should get the certificate to own a gun from the next criminal that want to shoot you and drown your son in a boiling bath. Damn the man.

      hendrik.schutte.3152 - 2012-08-23 17:22

      I think that is a fair question George, not too sure why some having a go at you.

      flower.fourie - 2012-08-23 21:23

      Rather than driving your dads car home when not having a licence try to find a responsible person with a licence to do so, or get a taxi. Only as a last resort do it yourself. Cause you might be totally capable but that does not stop the other drunk c###t on the road without a responsible son from driving into you. And if that person does and you don't have a licence then he gets off Scott free. But all the same good point.

      Msika - 2012-08-24 14:23

      @George, I think a fair comparison would be something like, you driving your dad's car if maybe he's facing a life treatening situation and needs immediate medical attention (yes I know you need to call an ambulance, but we all know their response time here in SA), but if he's drunk then surely there's a lot that you can do other than driving his car.

      alfred.neumann.142 - 2012-08-24 17:27

      You're dead right George, that kid should have done the responsible thing and politely asked the gun wielding criminal to come back in about 5 years when his firearm license has been processed. I tell you George, these kids of today just have no respect for the law.

  • dhavandran.palavar - 2012-08-23 15:46

    lets hope he is not made the villain by the human rights org which is always fighting for the rights of the criminals. they will say pre-meditated cos he left the scene with the intention of getting another gun to kill the intruder and being unlicensed to use the other gun. the criminals have more rights than the victims in this country.

      george.maluleka.7 - 2012-08-23 15:56

      Interesting response and point taken

      mike.bundy.73 - 2012-08-24 09:25

      That's not premeditated as it occured during the incident, in the heat of the moment. Who said he is unlicenced to use the gun?

  • travis.w.morris - 2012-08-23 15:49

    What a legend

  • Cammybuu - 2012-08-23 15:51

    Give that laaitie my TAX money....

  • donovan.ross.52 - 2012-08-23 16:02

    mooi skoot my maat, ons kort nog sulke manne!!

  • arthur.adams.988 - 2012-08-23 16:08

    does liam have access to the gun safe.HMMMH?

      bob.mcmillen.564 - 2012-08-23 16:12

      Luckily for all concerned, except the thug of course, he did, whats your point dude ?

      christelle.james.7 - 2012-08-23 16:30

      Hell Arthur, are you not happy this dude did not break into your home?? What is the point you are trying to make?

      jody.beggs - 2012-08-23 17:00

      I bet you don't talk to your kids about sex either and let them find out from the neighbours fat kid who constantly talks about it. Its better to educate and discuss important issues than treat kids like shadows. God forbid your children should not have responsibilities ?

      nokuthandwa - 2012-08-24 08:56

      Yes HE DOES! And if he didn't, this story would read "Intruder kills family of 3"!

      eyesears.handsfeet - 2012-08-24 13:38

      Arthur in today's day and age you have to give your children the "basic survival tools", inside or outside a house. I don't even see a problem if a 7 year old holds a pistol, revolver or knife or sword under the supervision of the parents. Point is. Children need to know where certain items are if and when needed. In most cases if they do know, it does not even bother them, because it is not a secret anymore, nothing funny about what is hidden, so it becomes part of everyday living. It also teaches them in certain circumstances that it is not a toy; therefor need to be respected and to have the necessary discipline around the item. I know some parents might not agree with me and you are more than welcome to your opinion, however this is my opinion as I think in the above case, it was necessary and proved to be a positive instead of a negative because although he will need time to heal mentally for killing someone, he will appreciate the fact that his parents is alive and that means a heck of a lot more, than a stranger looking after you.

  • dnxumalo2 - 2012-08-23 16:15

    Now this is not a hate speech but I hate criminals because,even though I grew up very poor, I worked hard to make my damn life work and I tried everything till I succeeded.There is absolutely no excuse for people to revert to crime especially in a country where there is free education, social grants and food schemes to save a person's lazy butt when there are no jobs around.we all went through the same system and never failed our parents.

      phillip.harry.79 - 2012-08-23 16:21

      ...too true DNX, well stated!

      christelle.james.7 - 2012-08-23 16:32

      You want to become a public speaker dnx? You certainly have the right attitude and THAT is why you succeeded. And I wish you even more success in your life going forward!!

      BigChiefPlumbPudding - 2012-08-23 16:48

      Thank you for being 100% honest and bringing some sanity back into News 24 comments. Posts like yours whilst being 100% true, are also a very rare occurrence indeed.

      dnxumalo2 - 2012-08-23 17:48

      Chistelle yes I do but people decide to think that Im a rare and miraculous case when ever I tell my story to them.

      christelle.james.7 - 2012-08-23 18:13

      dnx, maybe you are and that is why you have to carry this attitude of yours to other people. Our country (sadly) needs guys like you to tell your storie - give other people hope. But again - break a leg with everything you do buddy - good luck for the future

      hylton.kloka - 2012-08-23 20:56

      You are a good man DNX.

      hendrik.breed - 2012-08-24 21:58


  • vernon.lesch.7 - 2012-08-23 16:16

    The thumbs down must be the intruders mates.Well done son,you deserve a medal for bravery.

  • BigChiefPlumbPudding - 2012-08-23 16:32

    Excellent news, and considering the circumstances I hope the perpetrator does NOT RIP.

  • jade.bulley - 2012-08-23 16:48

    We need more people like Liam!!

  • ntshebe.nguni - 2012-08-23 16:52

  • fidel.mgoqi - 2012-08-23 16:53

    Well done son!

  • fdalana - 2012-08-23 16:59

    the boy should be knighted for his bravery.

  • aviweam - 2012-08-23 17:04

    Give Liam a Bells! pity that guy only had 2 die once,otherwise he deserved more

  • tc.countee - 2012-08-23 17:05

    16years old!! It is a sorry thing to take a life, but to protect your family, you sometimes have to do what is necessary. I condone all kinds of violence, but chap you are my hero..

      jody.beggs - 2012-08-23 17:09

      "I condone all kinds of violence, but chap you are my hero.." What the criminals ?

      mike.bundy.73 - 2012-08-24 09:28

      I think he meant condemn not condone

  • christi.pierre - 2012-08-23 17:41

    Well done laddie thats how do with these robbers and killers kill or be killed.You have my vote

  • archangel.zerachiel - 2012-08-23 18:16

    Nice one, kid. Armed law abiding citizens = SURVIVORS. Unarmed law abiding citizens = victims. Triple tap. 2 in the chest and 1 in the head. Just shows the importance of being armed, and to his MOM, next time do the job right the first time. :) Anyhow, you guys raised your son well, congratulations. To the dad, pity about the ear, son.

  • george.hatzikyriacos - 2012-08-23 18:28

    Go kid go

  • Cape - 2012-08-23 19:47

    We need more of the same, FIGHT TO THE DEATH!

      hylton.kloka - 2012-08-23 20:58

      As long as the good guys survive.

  • hylton.kloka - 2012-08-23 20:54

    It is so sad that a 16 year old had to be subjected to this. I sincerely hope that he doesn't end up with some form of PTSD. That said, I am so glad he shot and killed the intruder. None of the law abiding citizens asked for this to happen. LEGALLY OWNED GUNS SAVE LIVES!

      nokuthandwa - 2012-08-24 08:53

      My thoughts exactly. I hope this young man can move past this incident. No 16 year old should have to deal with this.

  • alpheus.mahlahlane - 2012-08-23 21:30 Sure this is the beginning of the death of many thugs.We are all prepared to defend ourselves.The government has failed us.Well done brave boy.