October 05 2007 at 12:58PM
Hundreds of people were expected to gather at the Bryanston Catholic Church on Friday to mourn the life of a community stalwart who was ruthlessly killed by a gang of housebreakers.
Mike Thomson, a member of the Craighall Park Primary School governing board and a former Paulshof Community Policing Forum member, was to be cremated at 2pm on Friday, followed by a service at the Bryanston Country Club.
Last Thursday, Thomson was ambushed while cleaning his pool in Craighall Park by three men who jumped over his neighbour's fence.
It is believed that Thomson, a martial arts expert, initially managed to fight his attackers off before they shot him in the chest. He was then stabbed 14 times and shot a second time in the back of his head before being dumped in the pool.
The gang then entered his house, where they found Thomson's wife Lorna and their three small children.
For three hours the men ransacked the house, loading two TVs, a DVD player and other electronic equipment into Mike's car. One of the robbers stayed behind to make sure there was no tracking device on the vehicle.
Later, Lorna untied herself and her children and ran to a neighbour's house for help.
The car was later found abandoned in Alexandra.