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Murder shocks
Neil Horrocks (36)

The senseless murder of a young Welkom chef has shocked the community.

Neil Horrocks (36) was shot dead for money on Saturday night, 17 November, in an open field near a night club in Dagbreek, Welkom.

Capt. Stephen Thakeng, police spokesperson, said two men robbed Horrocks of R600.

“One of the two robbers then shot Horrocks in the chest and he died at the scene. The other robber’s conscience apparently bothered him, and he stopped a patrol car shortly after the shooting incident and told them that they had robbed a man and that his mate had shot the man. The two were immediately arrested,” says Thakeng.

Despite the immediate arrest, Horrocks’s mother, Colleen, only found out on Thursday (22/11) that her son was dead, and that his body had been lying in the state mortuary since Sunday, 18 November.

Colleen says the family became very worried and concerned when Neil did not return home on Saturday night. Neil lived with his mother.

“On Sunday morning we opened a missing person docket at the Welkom Police Station. We again made enquiries on Monday, 19 November, at the police station. There was no news. On Wednesday, 21 November, a family friend went to the police station and the policeman on duty promised to try and get answers,” Colleen says.

On Thursday morning she was inform­ed that Neil’s body had been in the state mortuary since Sunday.

Neil was buried from the Methodist Church in Welkom on Tuesday (27/11).

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