‘Po­lice have known this guy was trou­ble’

Head of se­cu­rity says Michael Volk­wyn was ‘a tick­ing time bomb’

Cape Argus - - NEWS - Kieran Legg STAFF RE­PORTER [email protected]

THE DEATH of Michael Volk­wyn has shocked res­i­dents in Hazen­dal, but the head of a lo­cal se­cu­rity com­pany said he al­ways knew the reclu­sive en­gi­neer was “a tick­ing time bomb”. In 2000, se­cu­rity guards had been called to the neigh­bour­hood af­ter res­i­dents com­plained that a “crazed man” was fir­ing ar­rows at cars, chil­dren and homes.

“It was mad,” Ried­waan Matthews, direc­tor of Sniper Se­cu­rity told the Cape Ar­gus over the phone yes­ter­day.

“When my guys ar­rived there they nar­rowly missed be­ing hit with the home-made ar­rows, one of them hit the car.”

They were not the only vic­tims of Volk­wyn’s bow-and-ar­row ram­page.

Crick­eter Her­schelle Gibbs’s mother, Bar­bara, who lives in the area, found her own car caught in the cross­fire. Her ex-hus­band Her­man still re­calls the in­ci­dent clearly.

“There were kids play­ing in the road and he got an­noyed with them for some rea­son,” he said yes­ter­day.

He re­mem­bered the 61-year-old man as a “strange guy” whose lawn was lit­tered with “all weird and won­der­ful things”.

But the metal-tipped ar­rows were def­i­nitely danger­ous, he added. They flew across the street, one of them lodg­ing in a wall.

For the next five hours po­lice were camped out­side Volk­wyn’s home.

Matthews said they broke through the roof and ar­rested him. He said it was not the first time they had been called to his home.

He told the Cape Ar­gus he had gone to his house with the po­lice to take pic­tures as ev­i­dence for the case against him.

He claimed he saw home-made guns and a door rigged to a petrol tank which would ex­plode if the door was opened.

“The po­lice have known this guy was trou­ble for a long time,” he said.

HE CLAIMED HE SAW HOME-MADE GUNS AND A DOOR RIGGED TO A PETROL TANK WHICH WOULD EX­PLODE IF THE DOOR WAS OPENED

PIC­TURES: HENK KRUGER

DRA­MATIC: Cu­ri­ous neigh­bours look on at the scene in Al­ber­marle Road. A tense stand-off with Michael Volk­wyn, who had shot and wounded a po­lice­man on Tues­day night, ended yes­ter­day morn­ing with po­lice raid­ing his Hazen­dal home, and Volk­wyn killing...

DIS­TRAUGHT: Michael Volk­swyn sis­ter, Bar­bara in Al­ber­marle Road.

PIC­TURES: ALEXANDER STEVENS

SCARED: Michael Volk­wyn’s dogs are be­ing looked af­ter by the SPCA.

ON GUARD: Po­lice Task Force mem­bers out­side the house in Hazen­dal.

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