UPDATE: Court will rule on Kwambonambi shooting

Petrus Fourie points towards evidence of the shotgun round that was fired by the burglar PHOTO: Orrin Singh

THE court will determine whether KwaMbonambi resident Petrus Fourie (63) will be charged after he shot and killed an intruder at his home in last month.

The case is still being investigated by police, who have sent Fourie’s gun for ballistic testing.

The ballistic and post-mortem results of the deceased will then form the basis on which the court will hand out a ruling, either in favour of Fourie as a self-defence action, or attempted murder.

KwaMbonambi police spokesperson, Captain Nkosingiphile Mthethewa, said it appears that it is a case of self-defence, but since the case is still under investigation any speculation at this stage would be premature.

Evidence of Fourie’s initial shot that was fired but missed the suspect. His second shot is reported to have hit the suspect in the chest – PHOTO: Orrin Singh

Late last month Fourie woke up in the early morning hours to find an intruder in his home.

He went to his gun safe and armed himself.

After fire was exchanged between Fourie and the suspect, reportedly armed with a shotgun, police were alerted.

Police later that morning found the suspect dead on the opposite side of Fourie’s property.

Shotgun shells were found next to the body, but the shotgun itself was missing, leading police to believe that the suspect did not work alone.

Three other properties were also broken into in KwaMbonambi on the night in question.

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