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2008-01-11 : Student shot four times in house robbery

Postby GOSA » Fri, 2008-03-07 06:57

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"The only solution to crime in this country is if everyone carries their
own firearm. If we all have weapons criminals will think twice before
using theirs,"


Student shot four times in house robbery


January 11 2008 at 06:29AM


By Barry Bateman


A 24-year-old Tuks marketing student has become the latest victim in a
series of violent house robberies across the city, bringing the number
to at least four since Saturday.


In the early hours of Wednesday morning Chris Borchardt was shot four
times at the Maroelana home he shares with his father and sister.


He survived and is recovering in Pretoria Academic Hospital. His pet
Staffordshire terrier, Lara, was hit in the stomach by one of the
bullets. She is recovering at an animal clinic.


On December 28, Tanzanian high commissioner Emmanuel Mwambulukutu was
beaten unconscious when armed men raided his farewell party at a
friend's Garsfontein home. He is still in hospital.


Fred Picton-Turbervill, 46, was shot dead on Saturday during a robbery
at his home in Waterkloof Ridge.


On Sunday CSIR biosciences co-ordinator Nelson Morewane Mampuru, 37, was
shot dead execution-style after two gunmen robbed his home in a security
complex in Equestria.


Later that evening, Charles Holmes, 47, was shot three times at his
Monavoni home. He is recovering in Kalafong Hospital.


Borchardt said three men gained entry to their home after his father,
George, got up at about 2am to let the dogs out.


"While he was locking up, the guys stuck a gun through the security gate
and ordered him to open up.


"One of them held my dad in the kitchen while the other two took his
torch and searched the house," he said.


Borchardt said he woke up with the bright light from the torch in his
eyes. "Initially I thought it was my dad, but then I saw two men who
weren't supposed to be in the house.


"I charged at them. I managed to get about two metres from them when one
guy started shooting," he said.


Borchardt was hit in the hip, left elbow, right leg above the knee and
the left leg, shattering his femur.


"I crawled to a light and switched it on to show that I was injured and
wasn't going to do anything. They casually walked into the room and took
my laptop and two cellphones," he said.


Borchardt said that after the men left, he called his sister Rene to
bring towels so he could stop the bleeding.


Firemen from nearby Hazelwood fire station stabilised him until an
ambulance arrived.


He said crime in the Brooklyn/Waterkloof area was high, but in their
area they had the Hazelwood, Alphen Park, Maroelana, Ashlea Gardens
Security Initiative.


"The only solution to crime in this country is if everyone carries their
own firearm. If we all have weapons criminals will think twice before
using theirs," he said.


The FF+ has called for an urgent safety summit to be held in Pretoria.


This article was originally published on page 1 of Pretoria News on
January 11, 2008
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