Man wounded in another Westville house robbery

2016-02-01 17:00

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Durban - A Westville homeowner was seriously injured when he was shot by a gang of house robbers in the early hours of Sunday morning.

The incident comes on the back of another in which a man was killed last week as he tried to protect his wife.

Now police officers in the plush Durban suburb are on high alert following the upswing in violent home invasions in the area, and the suspects are still at large.

In the early hours of Sunday morning one resident was woken by a sound outside his home. Police spokesperson, Major Thulani Zwane, said the man went to investigate the source of the noise but could not find anything out of order.

"After a dog barked he went to investigate again and was approached by two suspects who were armed with a gun.

"He shouted... and they fired a round in his direction, injuring him. The suspects then robbed him of his firearm and two cellphones before fleeing the crime scene on foot," he said.

On Tuesday last week, Gordon Donaldson, 55, was killed by a gang of robbers in a desperate bid to protect his wife, Debbie, 54. He had taken them on after they had hurled bricks through his bedroom window and stormed into the house.

He was killed in the bloody battle that ensued and the men escaped with nothing of value.

Two independent police sources with knowledge of the area, who could not be named as they are not authorised to speak to the press, said detectives were probing whether or not the same suspects could be linked to both cases.

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