‘Police have known this guy was trouble’
Head of security says Michael Volkwyn was ‘a ticking time bomb’
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
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.
SCARED: Michael Volkwyn’s dogs are being looked after by the SPCA.
ON GUARD: Police Task Force members outside the house in Hazendal.