LEPHALALE — Warren Wynne Murray (48) was in bed in Mbabala Country Estate in Lephalale at 00:30 on Wednesday 31 January when he heard a noise coming from the door. By the time he went to investigate, four suspects were in home already.
Warren was armed with a baton to defend himself, however two of the suspects overpowered him while a third shot him from behind. It is alleged that the suspects shot eight shots at him, however only two hit him. His neighbour is a medical practitioner and he assisted immediately in stabilizing Murray.
According to a family friend, Andre Smit, X-rays show that there is a bullet stuck in his neck, he was shot in his right chest and his right arm is “in tatters”. The attackers also assaulted him with his own baton.
Warren was in the process of moving due to his contract with Steval Engineering expiring and there were very few items left in his home during the attack. The suspects stole his cell phone, a pellet gun and his wallet, however they discarded all of his bank cards.
Members of the Heritage Protection Group (HPG), Lephalale SAPD, the CPF, local security companies and the community immediately jumped to action to help search for the suspects. According to Smit the tracking system of Murray’s cell phone indicated that the suspects were moving in the direction of Platkroon Street and on a gravel road behind Mogol Dierekliniek. The tracks were followed to the Mahlakong informal settlement.
According to information received, 11 people were arrested there, however none of them could be linked to the robbery and attack on Murray.
At the time of going to print, Murray was still in the High Care Unit in a hospital in Pretoria. He was still suffering from internal bleeding and his doctors were busy with “power tests” in an attempt to strengthen his body for surgery.
The family is offering an award of R25 000 for any information that leads to the arrest of the suspects.
No arrests were made at the time of going to print.