Weekend Argus (Saturday Edition)

Cops probing alleged suicide, 4 years later

- ASANDA SOKANYILE asanda.sokanyile@inl.co.za

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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