CNS Reporter/ Yoshini Perumal
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5 Mar 2015
11:03 am

Father killed by hijackers, son escapes

CNS Reporter/ Yoshini Perumal

A 48-year-old father was allegedly killed by hijackers, while his son survived the attack in Moorton, KwaZulu-Natal.

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Details of the incident on Wednesday remain sketchy. However, according to police reports, the hijacking occurred just after 6am, Rising Sun Chatsworth reported.

It is believed prior to the killing, the suspects had hijacked a gold Toyota Corolla vehicle in Montford.

Chatsworth police spokesperson Lieutenant Cheryl Pillay said the driver of a gold Toyota Corolla was allegedly accosted by two males, one of whom was armed, before robbing him of his vehicle.

“It is further alleged that the suspects experienced problems with the vehicle and stalled at the Road 901 traffic circle, where they hijacked a second vehicle. The suspects then got into a blue Toyota Corolla with the father and son occupants,” said Pillay.

“The son managed to escape, and the suspects drove off towards the Chatsworth SAPS Training Academy with the father still in the vehicle. The father was found with gunshot wounds on the road, which is approximately 500 metres from crime scene of the hijacking.”

The victim succumbed to his injuries on the scene and was pronounced dead by paramedics.

Investigations are ongoing.

Last month, a man was shot and killed in front of his wife and two children during a hijacking in Benoni, on the East Rand.

Police spokesperson Lieutenant Nomsa Sekele said the incident happened as the family were returning home from church.

“The 12-year-old son got out of the car and opened the gate for his father when suddenly a silver VW Polo stopped behind them,” Sekele said.

Three occupants reportedly jumped out of the car and approached both sides of the family’s vehicle.

One of the men allegedly stuck his gun through a half-open window of the family’s car and fired, hitting the 38-year-old father in the upper body.

He then died on the scene and was dragged out of the car by the shooter. Another unarmed suspect allegedly demanded money and a cellphone from the victim’s wife.

– Caxton News Service