Al­legedly also speed­ing, the SUV driver kills four

The Star Early Edition - - FRONT PAGE - TANKISO MAKHETHA

AMOTORIST was ex­pected to ap­pear in the Rand­burg Mag­is­trate’s Court to­day on charges of cul­pa­ble homi­cide af­ter al­legedly mow­ing down a group of 10 peo­ple, in­stantly killing four.

Ac­cord­ing to po­lice, the 22-year-old sus­pect, be­lieved to have been drunk at the time, al­legedly skipped a traf­fic light be­fore crash­ing into the group of men.

The group were ap­par­ently gam­bling on the side of Bram Fis­cher Drive in Rand­burg yes­ter­day morn­ing when a Land Rover driven by the sus­pect ploughed into them.

Po­lice spokesper­son Cap­tain Mavela Ma­sondo said the sus­pect drove the ve­hi­cle with­out the owner’s con­sent af­ter he left him at a pub in Rand­burg.

“The sus­pect ap­par­ently asked for the keys to the car from the owner, say­ing he wanted to fetch some­thing from the car,” Ma­sondo said.

“He then took the car, while be­ing drunk and with­out the owner’s con­sent, be­fore he drove into a group of peo­ple sit­ting on the side of the road, and four of them died in­stantly. Six were left in­jured,” he said.

Ma­sondo said the 22-yearold man would face charges of cul­pa­ble homi­cide, driv­ing un­der the in­flu­ence of al­co­hol and driv­ing a mo­tor ve­hi­cle with­out the owner’s con­sent.

Mean­while, in a sep­a­rate in­ci­dent, po­lice said they were in­ves­ti­gat­ing a case of mur­der-sui­cide that oc­curred yes­ter­day in Mun­sieville, Krugers­dorp.

Ma­sondo said a 39-year-old man al­legedly shot his 30-yearold for­mer girl­friend at the home of her new boyfriend.

“The woman was ap­par­ently fol­lowed by this man to her boyfriend’s house where he al­legedly shot her be­fore turn­ing the gun on him­self,” Ma­sondo said.

The pair were con­firmed dead on the scene, he said.

This is the sec­ond mur­der-sui­cide in­ci­dent that has oc­curred in Krugers­dorp in four days.

A cou­ple also died when a man shot and killed his part­ner be­fore turn­ing the gun on him­self last week.

Ac­cord­ing to the chair­per­son and spokesper­son of the Krugers­dorp Com­mu­nity Po­lice Fo­rum’s sec­tor 3, Piet Sparks, the man first shot the woman twice in the ab­domen and then pumped one bul­let into his head.

“The eye­wit­nesses saw two peo­ple hav­ing a quar­rel. Then a shot was fired, then a sec­ond shot was fired and the lady fell down,” Sparks said.

The man al­legedly fired an­other shot in the air as he was walk­ing across the road away from the bleed­ing woman.

“The man then got in his car and shot him­self once in the head,” he said.

The in­ci­dent took place on Clif­ford Road in the sub­urb of Chan­cliff. Paramedics who ar­rived af­ter the shoot­ing found a large crowd there.

The Land Rover ploughed into the group of men

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