Tuesday, 26 August 2008

Engineer shot dead in his bedroom

August 26 2008 at 08:26AM

By Barry Bateman

His wife, who does not want to be identified for fear of reprisal, said the gunman shot dead the 66-year-old man early on Monday morning without saying a word.

"He woke up and screamed 'what are you doing'. And then bang, they just shot him. They didn't even say a word," she said.

The man was hit once on the left side of his chest and died at the scene.

On Monday the woman and family friends spoke briefly to The Star outside the Mann Street, Riviera home where the incident took place .

Her face was bruised, eyes bloodshot and there was skin missing from her ring finger from where the suspects pried off her wedding ring.

"They even took the ring off my husband's hand."

The man was a respected civil engineer who was involved in projects such as the construction of Sandton City and more recently the Michaelangelo Towers.

A family friend said the suspects forced their way into the home at about 2am through a bathroom window and entered the main bedroom where the couple was asleep.

He said after shooting the man, the suspects tied up the wife and searched the home for valuables.

"They took a plasma screen TV, cellphones, perfume and jewellery."

In the 25 years the Dutch couple have lived in South Africa, this was the first time they had fallen victim to crime.

"She has no family here, she is alone.

"It is too early to say whether she will go back to the Netherlands. First we want to arrange the funeral before thinking about that," said the friend.

Police spokesperson Inspector Malose Mashiane confirmed the incident.

He said the three men armed with pistols gained entry from the mountain side of the property and escaped using the same route.

"No suspects have been arrested," Mashiane said.

This article was originally published on page 2 of The Star on August 26, 2008


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