Police report rash of break-ins and theft during holiday
ABERDEEN - During the past three weeks, there have been six reported cases of housebreaking and theft in the Aberdeen area, with all except one being in Lotusville.
Two arrests have been made so far, one being of theft by a man who was working in a house as a casual painter and stole a pair of shoes. Residents are reminder to be very aware when employing unknown casual labourers. There was one case opened of attempted murder. On Friday, January 5, police received a complaint from the owner of a farm that family members who were visiting a neighbouring farm were threatening him. A shot was heard, and on arrival, the investigating officer found a spent cartridge. By this stage, the visitors had already left.
There were also two inquest dockets opened. A 64-year-old man, who had come back to Aberdeen for the holidays from Gansbaai, was found dead in his bed on December 29 by his grandson. The second case was a 30-year-old Lotusville woman who went out drinking with her boyfriend on January 1, went home at midnight, and failed to wake when her two month old baby cried in the night. Both deaths were recorded as natural causes.
The vast majority of cases over this period were motoring related, as is to be expected at such a busy time on the roads. There were two cases of drunken driving. In the early hours of December 31, a 46-year-old man from Thembalesizwe was stopped in Lotusville by a police patrol as he was driving erratically. He was charged with drunken driving, and for driving without a licence. Mid-afternoon the same day, a traffic officer arrested a man at the junction of the N9 and R61 just outside Aberdeen. The man admitted to having been drinking, but claimed that he was rushing to the farm where his son stays after getting a call that his son had been stung by a scorpion. A friend travelling in another car was able to fetch the child and take him to hospital.
Three cases of reckless and negligent driving were opened by police officials and traffic officers. One involved a 36 year old man from Johannesburg, who was returning home after a holiday in George. His Mercedes SUV was clocked at 169km/hour on a stretch of the N9 between Aberdeen and Graaff-reinet.
Two passengers and the driver of a Mazda 323, travelling from the former Transkei to Cape Town, were killed in an accident on the N9, between Aberdeen and Graaff-reinet. The driver allegedly lost control, and the car rolled several times.
The surviving passenger, who was the owner of the vehicle, escaped with only a small cut on his face.