Three badly beaten in attack with pick handles and paintball guns

2017-07-26 13:52
The three alleged attackers were arrested on attempted murder charges and will appear in court on Wednesday.

The three alleged attackers were arrested on attempted murder charges and will appear in court on Wednesday. (File)

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Attackers allegedly armed with paintball guns and pick handles left three young men with serious injuries after shooting and beating them in Northdale on Saturday morning.

The three men had been walking along Khan Road in Northdale when another three men, between the ages of 23 and 52, began beating them with pick handles and shooting at them with paintball guns, allegedly at close range.

Two of the injured men were left unconscious while the other managed to flag down a police vehicle and reported the incident.

KwaZulu-Natal police spokesperson Colonel Thembeka Mbhele said the three alleged attackers were arrested on attempted murder charges and will appear in court on Wednesday (today).

It is unclear at this stage what the motive for the alleged attack was.

In 2015, a man was stripped naked and beaten before his attackers allegedly sprayed him from head to toe with white enamel car paint in Pietermaritzburg.

Following a dispute between a local mechanic and his customers, Bilaz Asan, the mechanic’s employee, was allegedly beaten until he was barely conscious.

Asan was allegedly beaten with axes, tools and a rake before he was stripped at the mechanic’s premises on Violet Road in Northdale. An air compressor was allegedly used to spraypaint every inch of his naked body.

Shadrack Wayne Naidoo (25) pleaded guilty in the regional court to assaulting Asan by “hitting him with an axe and spraypainting him with white paint”.

Naidoo was sentenced to a suspended two-year jail sentence. His co-accused in the case, Avikar Lutchman (27), pleaded not guilty and his trial was separated from that of Naidoo.

In another incident in 2015, a young woman was driving alone on ­Hyslop Road outside the Royal Showgrounds when the driver of a Toyota Fortuner started chasing after her with a paintball gun in hand.

Angela Truter said as she passed the grounds, the Fortuner was parked in her lane and the occupants were speaking to people in another vehicle parked alongside on the pavement.

As Truter overtook, the Fortuner driver flashed its lights in her rearview mirror. Truter raced up Armitage Road onto the bridge over the N3 when the attackers chasing her shot at her vehicle with paintball guns, splattering orange paint along the side and back of her bakkie.

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