[DEBATE] : (Fwd) Dbn police implement death penalty
pbond at mail.ngo.za
Mon Sep 15 05:16:00 BST 2008
(Hmmm. "...the officers were prompted to cuff his hands in front of him
as they walked him up steep hills and uneven terrain to his house," said
police Supt Jay Naicker... but an eyewitness seemed to see it
differently: "Two policemen went inside Sandile's home while he was
Two killed in separate struggles with police
Sham suspects shot dead
September 15, 2008 Edition 1
jeff WICKS & GUGU MBONAMBI
TWO men arrested for the bloody slaying of Naren, Meera and Kavir Sham
in their Stamford Hill, Durban, home two weeks ago were shot and killed
by police yesterday.
The shootings happened in separate incidents in which the arrested men
desperately turned on the police.
Both are believed to have been employees of the family.
Naren Sham was a well-known Durban attorney and businessman. His son was
following him into the legal profession and was in his third year of law
studies at the University of KwaZulu-Natal.
The elder Sham was recently involved in several cases. His wife was a
Initial investigations suggested that the killers knew the layout and
workings of the house and its security, including the easiest way to
enter the property undetected.
It is believed men entered the property though a hole in a fence and
accosted the family's domestic worker before forcing their way into the
The family were tied up and gagged before their throats were slit. The
domestic worker was locked in another room and was not harmed. The
bodies were found by Sham's son-in-law, Neeraj Ramnarain, who lives on
the property with his wife, the Shams' daughter, Sandhya, and their
Police interviewed dozens of people connected to the family, including
their former domestic worker.
Yesterday, Musa Qwabe and Ishmael Sandile Kinglock, both 28, were taken
into custody in simultaneous operations in Umgeni Road and Umlazi.
While the two were being questioned, Kinglock agreed to show officers
items taken from the Sham home.
"The man knew he had a gun in the home and it was clearly his plan to
get hold of it and try and shoot his way out. He had been restrained
with his hands cuffed behind his back. However, the officers were
prompted to cuff his hands in front of him as they walked him up steep
hills and uneven terrain to his house," said police Supt Jay Naicker.
Kinglock drew a firearm and opened fire on the officers as he pretended
to hand over evidence to the men.
Naicker said Kinglock managed to fire two shots at officers before he
was gunned down.
"We recovered the handgun as well as cash and other items that were
taken from the Shams' home."
Just hours later, Qwabe was taken to the Sham house in Dulwich Road to
conduct a "pointing out" - an exercise in which suspects are taken to
the crime scene and are expected to walk police through the crime. It is
alleged that while he was being escorted through the home, he tried to
snatch an officer's firearm.
"During the pointing-out process, Qwabe grabbed hold of a firearm that
was holstered on an officer's hip. There was a struggle for possession
of the gun, but before Qwabe could pull it from the holster, another
officer shot him."
"We think the man had just found out that his accomplice had been killed
and the real magnitude of facing the charges alone had hit him. It may
have just been his way of trying to commit suicide," Naicker added.
Contrary to initial reports that four men had perpetrated the murders,
police now believe that only Kinglock and Qwabe were involved.
Family spokesman Anand Nepaul, an attorney, said the deaths of the two
men were cold comfort to a family that had lost three of their loved
ones. He described the manner in which the Shams had been killed as
"brutal and barbaric", which showed the moral decay of society.
"The family would like to thank the investigating officers for their
professional conduct and all their efforts.
"Everybody has been highly traumatised by this and what the officers did
will ease the suffering.
"I would have preferred that the suspects had gone to trial. Their
deaths leave unanswered questions - like why they killed the family and
why so brutally," said Nepaul.
He said the two men were former employees of the Sham family. One had
worked in their waste recycling business while the other had worked at
their home and was the skipper of their boat.
A neighbour of Kinglock told how shots had rung out after officers had
entered his home.
"Two policemen went inside Sandile's home while he was handcuffed and
one remained outside. A few minutes later, I heard multiple gunshots,"
"After that more policemen and an ambulance arrived. They cordoned off
the area and told us Sandile was dead."
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