Cops prob­ing al­leged sui­cide, 4 years later

Weekend Argus (Saturday Edition) - - METRO - ASANDA SOKANYILE [email protected]

PO­LICE are still in­ves­ti­gat­ing the death of Athlone pen­sioner Michael Volk­wyn, who al­legedly shot and killed him­self af­ter a stand-off with the po­lice at his home four years ago.

About seven cam­eras, tall trees, stat­ues and sharp iron rods spik­ing out of the wall and the front door cover the home of the dog-lov­ing elec­tri­cal en­gi­neer. His younger sis­ter, Bar­bara, now lives in the house where her brother took his last breath.

Bar­bara be­lieves that there is “more” to her brother’s death than the “forced re­moval” of his 13 dogs, as was been re­ported at the time. She says: “There is no way he could have killed him­self or shot at Con­sta­ble Leroy Scott” whom Volk­wyn had al­legedly shot in the face.

On the night of May 12, 2015, the Mitchells Plain tac­ti­cal re­sponse team as well as po­lice from the Athlone po­lice ser­vices and law en­force­ment per­son­nel de­scended on the Volk­wyn home. They were said to have been on a mis­sion to re­move 13 dogs from the prop­erty.

It took hours and sev­eral bro­ken win­dows for the po­lice to gain ac­cess to the home.

His fam­ily al­lege that a cabi­net in the pas­sage­way had blood spat­ter which was in­con­sis­tent with po­lice re­ports that Volk­wyn had shot him­self.

Now Bar­bara has re­tracted her ini­tial state­ment to the po­lice that her brother had shot and in­jured a po­lice of­fi­cer in self-de­fence.

Re­ports at the time of 61-yearold’s death sug­gested that po­lice had been called in to re­move his 13 res­cued dogs af­ter one had bit­ten his ten­ant.

Now the Volk­wyn sib­lings say they will not stop un­til they get to the bot­tom of their brother’s death.

Po­lice Cap­tain Nolon­wabo Tshengu con­firmed that the Volk­wyn case was still un­der in­ves­ti­ga­tion.

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