City petrol-bomb­ing vic­tim and sus­pect die

Weekend Argus (Saturday Edition) - - NEWS - CARYN DOL­LEY

BOTH the sus­pect and vic­tim in the case that rat­tled City Bowl res­i­dents ear­lier this week in­volv­ing a petrol bomb be­ing thrown at a Ger­man businessman in Gar­dens, have died.

The un­named businessman, in his fifties, died in hos­pi­tal yes­ter­day as a re­sult of the sever­ity of his burns.

Week­end Ar­gus un­der­stands the sus­pect, 38, hanged him­self in a hold­ing cell in the Cape Town Cen­tral po­lice sta­tion on Wed­nes­day.

The petrol bomb­ing occurred in Wes­ley Street, off Buitenkant Street, on Tues­day morn­ing.

Po­lice spokes­woman Con­sta­ble Noloyiso Rwex­ana con­firmed yes­ter­day the businessman had died.

She said po­lice could not di­vulge his iden­tity as his fam­ily had asked of­fi­cers not to release his name to the me­dia.

“Po­lice have to get con­sent from the fam­ily first,” Rwex­ana said.

Of­fi­cers had ini­tially been in­ves­ti­gat­ing an at­tempted mur­der case, but she said since the death of the vic­tim, of­fi­cers were now in­ves­ti­gat­ing a mur­der case. It is un­der­stood that shortly be­fore the petrol bomb­ing occurred, the two had ar­gued.

The sus­pect had then al­legedly hurled a petrol bomb at the businessman who was in his car. Those on the scene said the businessman was on his way to the po­lice sta­tion to reg­is­ter a com­plaint against the man when the at­tack took place.

Both the businessman and the sus­pect suf­fered burns, but the businessman’s wounds were se­vere.

Act­ing na­tional spokesman for the In­de­pen­dent Po­lice In­ves­tiga­tive Direc­torate Rob­bie Raburabu told Week­end Ar­gus the sus­pect had ini­tially been hos­pi­talised.

He was then dis­charged and taken into po­lice cus­tody.

“At the po­lice sta­tion he hanged him­self with a gar­ment, his top,” Raburabu said.

It is un­der­stood the sui­cide hap­pened in a hold­ing cell, and that the sus­pect hung him­self from bars at the cell’s en­trance.

Raburabu said the death in po­lice cus­tody was be­ing probed.

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