2007-02-12 : Community tight-lipped on couples' attack

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2007-02-12 : Community tight-lipped on couples' attack

Postby GOSA » Tue, 2007-02-20 17:14


Community tight-lipped on couples' attack

February 12 2007 at 08:14AM

By Barry Bateman

An elderly man who is paralysed and his wife, both 80, are in a serious condition in hospital after being shot by gunmen in their Elarduspark home.

Police initially tried to cover up the incident and not let the media get wind of it but later confirmed it.

The elderly couple lived with their son-in-law. In the early hours of the morning three gunmen gained access to the house and tied up the owners of the house.

Lyttelton police station commander Director Andre Wiese said that when the gunmen went into the elderly couple's room shots were fired. The man was shot once and the woman twice.

Wiese said no one was arrested and police are investigating a case of house robbery and attempted murder.

A neighbour who did not want to be named said the woman was shot in the arm and the man in the abdomen. The elderly man is apparently in a critical condition in ICU at Pretoria Academic Hospital.

The community is still keeping mum on the incident following police instructions that if they speak to the media the area would be targeted by criminals.

The Pretoria News approached the son-in-law of the victims at their Platinum Street home but he immediately said he did not want the story published.

He confirmed that the police had told his family and residents at the scene early in the morning that they should not talk to the media.

Wiese confirmed that he initially gave the directive. He said that he gave the instructions so that the information regarding the incident could be co-ordinated (by the police) and correctly relayed to the media. "Everyone has their own version of the story," he said.

Provincial head of police communications in Gauteng Director Govindsamy Mariemuthoo could not comment on this specific incident. He said that the police officer who made the statement would have to answer for himself.

But he said the police could not tell the public not to speak to the media: "Journalists can speak to whoever they want to."

o This article was originally published on page 1 of Pretoria News on February 12, 2007
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