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Gunshot after altercation

The Pearl Valley resident involved in a fight on his property on 29 March and who fired a warning shot, said he did what he had to do in order to protect himself after being attacked at his house.

The man, who asked to remain anonymous due to his business interests, said he was punched and kicked while he was lying on the ground at his front door.

Last week the Paarl Post reported neighbours in the estate were involved in a scuffle because of their fighting cats. The man said it turned into a more serious matter when his 13-year-old daughter was threatened.

The man explained he left for China for two weeks mid-March. During this time he alleges two of his neighbours, whom they suspect are friends, threatened their 13-year-old daughter on 15 March. Apparently the neighbour across the street from them yelled at their daughter and a friend who were alone at their home, that he was going to kill her cat. The frantic 13-year-old then phoned her parents.

On 29 March, the man returned from his trip and had dinner at Pappa Grappa with his wife and in-laws. At around 21:40 they received another frantic phone call from their daughter saying their neighbours in the house next to them were banging on their door.

They then rushed home and about ten minutes after their arrival, the man’s neighbour and members of his family entered their home through the unlocked front door.

The man said he then told them to get out of his house and once outside the neighbour and his daughter’s boyfriend started attacking him. He said he fell to the floor, but they continued to kick him. He managed to turn his body, remove his pistol from the holster and to fire a warning shot.

He said the bullet hit their doormat and it ricocheted into the front door. He said he sustained injuries to his head, back and legs and one of his teeth was broken during the attack.

He said he wanted to set the record straight as the bullet was not anywhere near anybody’s head as reported last week, and he was not negligent with his licenced firearm. He emphasised that he has 17 years of experience with firearms and he had been trained in the special forces.

“I really cannot understand how someone thinks it is okay to go to another person’s house and attack them over a cat,” the man’s wife said.

In response, the man’s neighbour said he and his family never entered the man’s house.

He also added that he has never seen his neighbour’s daughter and also never threatened her.

“He was shouting in front of his house and my daughter told me she thinks he had a fight with [his other neighbour]. I went to have a look and he was aggravated,” he said.

He said his neighbour pointed his finger at his daughter’s boyfriend and this was when he intervened.

He denied attacking the man and said after he decided to intervene, the scuffle only lasted about 15 to 30 seconds and then the shot was fired.

“I never punched nor kicked him, I pushed him way as he was aggravated ... he had no injuries that night,” he said.

“I have my wife and daughter to prove that this is what happened,” he said.

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