Suspects arrested after assaulting a man with rocks and robbing him in Ladysmith

Two suspects face attempted murder and robbery charges after a vicious assault on a man on New Year’s Eve.

A 51-year-old man was walking along Crawshaw Road on December 31 when he was attacked. He was pinned to the ground by three suspects.

The suspects hit and kicked the helpless victim repeatedly. They also used rocks to assault him, and robbed him of his cell-phones and cash.

Two police officers from the Ladysmith SAPS Community Service Centre (CSC) were on duty that night and were patrolling the area when they saw the assault taking place. The suspects ran as soon as they saw the police vehicle approaching. The officers immediately sprang into action and pursued the fleeing criminals.

One of the suspects, aged 20, was arrested a short distance away. He did not have any of the stolen property in his possession. The other two suspects managed to elude the officers.

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Medical treatment was arranged for the victim, who had sustained severe injuries as a result of the assault.

Once the victim was put in an ambulance, the officers began making their way to the police station to finalise paperwork on the incident. Along the way, they spotted another one of the suspects (aged 18) at a filling station. He was swiftly arrested. Cash and the victim’s cell-phones were recovered in his possession.

Both suspects made an appearance in the Ladysmith Magistrate’s Court on January 2. They face charges of attempted murder as well as robbery.

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Nameera Sarjoo

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