Monday, 16 June 2008

Family grieve for hijack victim

June 16 2008 at 07:49AM

By Kamini Padayachee

A Gillitts family is battling to come to terms with the death of their daughter in a hijacking at the weekend.

Jennifer-Rae Hall, 22, was killed when she and her friends, Kate Flemming and Amy Lansdell, were hijacked in Amanzimtoti on Saturday night.

Flemming was also shot during the hijacking, and is in a critical condition in hospital.

Police Superintendent Danelia Veldhuizen said the women had stopped to change drivers in Amanzimtoti when they were shot at by two men.

Hall died at the scene, and Flemming was shot in the pelvis.

The Hall family and Lansdell were too distressed to speak to the media on Sunday, and directed all queries to the Hillcrest Crime Information Centre.

The centre's spokesperson, Meghan Renwick, said Hall, a beauty therapist from Winston Park, and her friends had been on their way to a caravan park in Scottburgh to watch the sardine run on Saturday afternoon.

"According to Lansdell, they pulled over at the FMG parking lot in Amanzimtoti to change drivers.

"Flemming pulled over into the parking lot, and Hall got into the driver's seat. As Hall was getting ready to drive away, she noticed a man approaching her window and screamed.

"A shot was fired and Hall was hit in her side. The suspect then screamed for Lansdell and Flemming to get out of the car, which they did.

"In the commotion, Flemming was shot. Lansdell and Fleming then ran to a bottle store to get help."

Veldhuizen said the police were still searching for the two hijackers and the stolen vehicle, a white VW Polo (NU 41190).

Anyone with information should contact Crime Stop at 08600 10111.

This article was originally published on page 3 of The Mercury on June 16, 2008


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