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Policeman Carl Lynch survives seven bullets in hijacking

 

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September 28 2009 By Alex Eliseev, The Star -- Carl Lynch joined the Johannesburg metro police to patrol the streets on which his sister died. Now the young metro-cop from Eldorado Park fights for his life after being shot seven times with his own police gun in a hijacking at Naturena near South Gate shopping mall.  View the latest  Eldorado Park Crime Statistics

They had blocked off the young cop’s tiny Mini Cooper-S at the corner of Malta and Jan de Necker Streets.  He had five friends with him inside the tiny car he was so proud of, when it was hijacked in the early hours of Friday morning and the off-duty police officer was shot seven times at close range.  SAPS don’t believe that the ‘hijackers’ were targetting the cheap little car which was found abandoned in Soweto…

So what was the real motive behind this attack against this off-duty cop – who lives in the (previously  ‘coloured’) area of Eldorado Park, population 90,000 -- a small township where 67 murders/robberies and 964 armed/grievous assaults were committed last year? Also:  why did this specific attack turn so vicious?

Apologists: ‘young attackers panicked at the sight of the cop’s gun…’

Metropolitan police Johannesburg in action_not trained by SAPSThe gunman used Lynch's own service pistol and shot him in the abdomen. The 24-year-old is recovering at Milpark Hospital. During a two-hour surgery, doctors removed all but one of the bullets.

    "At first I thought we could fight these guys off. We still had a chance. But then I heard the gunshots and I knew they had his gun. I heard Carl crying in pain and all I could think about was him," a friend said. Those in the backseat watched helplessly as the robbers shot Lynch in the car. First two shots. Then two more. And then the rest.

    • "In my view, they were amateurs. They looked scared and panicked at the sight of the gun. They looked nervous," Lynch's friend explained.

'Why did this hijacking turn so vicious?’

His family say “he is the only one who can shed light on why the hijacking turned so vicious. “ At about 4am on Friday morning, Lynch and four friends were in Naturena, near Southgate, when they were ambushed. The gang used an old Datsun station wagon to block in the Mini at the corner of Malta and Jan de Necker streets.  According to one of his friends, before they knew it, two men were on either side of the car.

  • Simultaneously, they pulled out a woman from the passenger seat and forced Lynch out through the passenger door. In the ensuing scuffle, the robbers saw his gun tucked in his belt and wrangled it away from him.

Suspect in court on Tuesday 29 September:

“Eventually, all five friends were out of the car and the robbers sped off in the car with two cellphones and Lynch's gun. Within hours, however, police were alerted to an abandoned Mini on the other side of Soweto. The car was covered in blood. Not long after, officers arrested a 22-year-old man. He was due to be charged with hijacking and attempted murder in court today.

  • The police are hunting three more suspects, said SAPS Inspector Lunga Mahonga.

On Sunday, Lynch's family continued their vigil at the hospital. His mother Monica said the waiting brought back memories of Jennifer, Lynch's sister, who died in a car crash caused by a drunk driver. She said they stayed with her through the night, but Jennifer, 19, died the day after the accident. “But, with Carl, "we see improvements every day", she said.

  • Lynch's aunt, Frieda de Koker, said the young officer was doing well at the intensive care unit. Although he is still plugged into an oxygen machine and is restrained, he is trying to move his arms and legs. "We're trusting God. We hope that in the next few days he'll sit up - but we are not in a hurry," De Koker said.

Lynch joined the Johannesburg metropolitan police department (JMPD) about two years ago, his family said. They described him as a "quiet guy" and a "successful young man" who loved to play soccer and watch the nature channels on television. He lives with his family in Eldorado Park. To celebrate his new job as a metro cop, he bought a second-hand yellow Mini Cooper S and, being a "neat freak", made sure it was always spotless.

  • Explaining why he joined the JMPD, De Koker said: "He felt that if he could just save one life, that would be worth it."

Asked whether the family suspected the robbery was about more than the (cheap little) car, De Koker said: "We don't want to think of anything else, like jealousy. Any successful man will attract enemies. But only Carl will be able to tell us." This article was originally published on page 1 of The Star on September 28, 2009

The deaths- and injuries-rates of metropolitan police officers are NOT included in the – already truly horrendous --  SAPS officers’ death- and injury rates:  all of the entire country’s Metropolitan police officers are employees of municipalities, charged with patrolling traffic and preventative actions such as monitoring CCTV systems to try and prevent street crime.  They also are not trained at the SAPS academy. There are systems in place to interchange crime-data with the SAPS. 

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Eldorado Park Crime Statistics March 2008 – March 2009: http://www.saps.gov.za/statistics/reports/crimestats/2009/provinces/gauteng/pdf/eldoradopark.pdf

Johannesburg Metropolitan Police Chief cleared of all charges:

    Chris Ngcobo is reinstated as chief of policeAfter months of investigations into allegations of misconduct, the head of the Johannesburg metro police department (JMPD) was exonerated of all accusations levelled against him by some members of the force. Chris Ngcobo is reinstated as chief of police (Photo: Enoch Lehung, City of Johannesburg)  A report compiled by an independent legal team found that Ngcobo and three other JMPD officials "should return to work as soon as possible as there is no longer any basis for them to remain on suspension or any form of special leave". Read more: http://www.joburg.org.za/content/view/4194/208/#ixzz0STlBGIWd

SAPS roll of honour for murdered police officers: http://www.saps.gov.za/saps_profile/honour/roll_honour.htm

Paralysed Afrikaner Henry Vorster shot dead in Pretoria

 

20090928 Henry Vorster, 57, semi-paralysed from a stroke, shot dead at The Willows, Pretoria North

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29 September 2009, 06:42 By Barry Bateman Pretoria_News – An (Afrikaner) man, partially paralysed by a stroke, was shot in front of his wife when he could not open the passenger side door of the vehicle three gunmen were hijacking.

The (black) attackers shot the partially-paralysed Henry Vorster, 57, execution-style – right through the neck and then through his chest -- just moments after shooting and injuring his wife Magriet, 58, outside their Die Wilgers (Willows) secured townhouse complex at about 11pm on Friday.

  • A stroke about four years ago paralysed Vorster down his left side, making him almost unable to walk and rendering his left arm useless.

Police arrested the three suspects during a shoot-out in Soshanguve on Saturday with the three men driving the stolen red VW Polo but claim they ‘have yet to link them to the hijacking and murder.”

Magriet said from her hospital bed that the couple had left her mother's house in Pretoria North after a braai late on Friday night. "When we arrived at The Willows complex I noticed a car near the gate but couldn't see anyone inside the it," she said from her hospital bed.

  • "I pressed the button to open the security gate and the next minute there was this guy next to the car. He shouted that it was a hijacking and that we must get out of the car or he would shoot," she said.

Magriet said she immediately tried to get out, but the gunman smashed the window and fired a shot which struck her right hand. 

  • Could not open door – my husband was paralysed on that side…
  • "As I got out of the car he shot me again in the leg. I screamed at my husband to get out of the car but he could not open the door anyway because his left side is paralysed. “

"The gunman pulled (my husband) over the car's centre console and out of the driver's door. They  thenshot him in the neck, but before throwing him on the ground they shot him through the heart," she said.

  • Magriet, fighting back tears, explained how her husband was struggling to breathe.  "I realised he was not getting air and rolled him over. I wanted to get my bag so I could use my phone to call for help, but the men had stolen it too. I started screaming at the top of my lungs," she said.

A neighbour across the road heard the commotion. He spotted the suspects and gave chase while another neighbour called for help. The neighbour who chased after the suspects soon returned. He loaded the injured couple into his car and rushed them to Wilgers Hospital.

  • "Doctors tried to resuscitate Henry for about an hour and a half, but he died," she said. Soshanguve police arrested the three suspects on Saturday after a shootout. Police Inspector Mike Mbewe said police spotted the red Polo and gave chase. He said a shootout ensued during which one of the suspects was wounded. "He is in hospital under police guard. The men were arrested and charged with being in possession of a stolen vehicle. They still need to be linked to the hijack and murder," he said.

Why did they shoot a paralysed man who posed no threat to them?

Magriet said her two children, a son and daughter, were struggling to come to terms with the murder. She said she could not understand why the suspects would shoot her husband who clearly posed no threat.

  • "He could not do anything on his own. He was still adapting to the stroke. I had to bath him and put his clothes on for him," she said.  Magriet said she would see the men again in court. "I will testify in their trial," she said.
  • This article was originally published on page 1 of The Pretoria News on September 29, 2009
    http://www.thestar.co.za/?fSectionId=&fArticleId=vn20090929041226946C541662

Woman’s bare corpse found in field
Sept 29 2009 -- Eastern Cape police are investigating the murder of a woman whose naked and bruised body was found in a field near Highbury. http://www.int.iol.co.za/index.php?set_id=1&click_id=3099&art_id=iol1253637282398C650

‘Goodbye my beautiful white baby’… and shot her

 

Please post your support and prayers for Kerryn Roodt

Kerryn Goodbye My Beautiful White Baby and then he shot her She now paralysedSept2009 “Kerryn Roodt was robbed and shot while on a week’s holiday down at the coast,” writes her friend Mariette Van Antwerp on : http://www.facebook.com/group.php?gid=139969403143&ref=nf"#/group.php?gid=139969403143

”Kerryn and her boyfriend came down to the South Coast for a week to have fun and enjoy a week’s holiday,” writes Mrs Van Antwerp, who is from Amanzimtoti, Kwa-Zulu.

“They were busy packing when four young men aged between 14 to 17 years climbed over the wall and held them at gunpoint.

“They robbed everything they had with them even took their shoes they had on. The attackers told Kerryn they are going to rape her and then “when they are finished with her they are going to rape her boyfriend as well”.

  • They told him not to look while they are busy raping her as they are going to shoot him if he did.
  • They started licking and kissing her all over her body – but something alarmed them and they went outside as they walked out one said don't shoot, its going to make a noise.

But two came back kissed her again and said : “Goodbye my beautiful young white baby” and shot her. They fired a shot at her boyfriend as well but they missed him. Kerryn now is paralysed and needs all the prayer and support she can get… http://www.facebook.com/group.php?gid=139969403143&ref=nf"#/group.php?gid=139969403143

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