Kimberley crime victim, 67, arrested for stabbing to death burglar: and 80-yr pensioner traumatised in attack:
2011-11-13 Charné Kemp of Volksblad reports from Kimberley that after a family 's apartment was broken into in Verwoerdpark twice before, a crime victim who stabbed to death a burglary-suspect was arrested after an 80-year-old widower was badly assaulted.
SAPS constable Sergio Kock said the arrested crime-victim and the widower 'both are badly traumatised' by their ordea. Both break-ins and criminal assaults occurred on the early-morning of Nov 12 2011.
The 67-year-old resident of a garden-flat woke up when he heard a window breaking and saw a man trying to get in, already half-way through the window at 3am.
The resident 'grabbed the nearest knife and stabbed the man" just as he climbed inside: the man fled back through the window and collapsed on the lawn. The resident then phoned the police who found the man dead.
Strangely, although the suspect is dead, the police opened a case of 'murder' against the crime-victim as well as a case of 'housebreaking' against the dead man.
The murder-case has been submitted to the state-prosecutor for a decision. Police asked people to help identify the dead burglar. He is described as 30 years old, 1,7m tall, with a 'brown face'.
He wore a white t-shirt with a blue collar, grey knee-pants, beige All-Star tackies. Police also found a bloodstained yellow glitter-jacket at the scene.
Two men also attacked an 80-year old pensioner in Hadison Park, beating him so badly that it has left the old man badly traumatised said sergeant Kock.
The old man woke up with a knife to his throat - and one of the men, described as 'speaking Afrikaans' - beat the old man with his fist, and tied the man up by hands and feet.
He was wearing a balaclava. The victim told police he suspected there were two men in the house - he heard another person moving around - and one accidentially pushed the panic-button when trying to turn on the kitchen-lights.
The security-company rushed to the scene - and discovered the injured pensioner as the attackers were fleeing.
He was admitted to hospital. He has not been identified by name.
The investigating officer is w/o Patrick Dibebe at tel 082-331-4712