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Durban - Two friends who allegedly tried to cover up the fact that the one had accidentally shot the other in the leg now face charges of defeating the ends of justice.
A 31-year-old man and his female friend, 26, had allegedly reported a false incident at the Brighton Beach police station in Durban after he accidentally shot her.
The woman allegedly confirmed his story, telling police that she was standing outside her home with a friend when a passing car stopped suddenly. Two men armed with guns got out and one shot at them, hitting her in the left calf, she had said.
She told police the men then got into their vehicle and drove off.
The pair opened a case of attempted murder.
Their story allegedly began to unravel, however, when police questioned the man and another reason for the shooting emerged.
Brighton Beach SAPS police spokeswoman, Captain Louise le Roux, said: “He claimed that while he was leaving her at home a dog barked continuously and then began biting him on the ankle.
“The man claimed that he pulled out his gun because he was scared - with no intention of hurting the dog.
“He said that when he jerked his leg away from the dog he pulled the trigger accidentally. A shot went off and the bullet hit her in the leg.”
The incident took place on October 5 and the pair, whose names have yet to be released, made their first court appearance three days later when they applied for legal aid.
They were released on warning and were due to appear in the Durban Magistrate’s Court on November 19 to face charges of defeating the ends of justice.
The man also faces an additional charge of negligently discharging a firearm.
Le Roux said when detectives questioned the man he allegedly admitted he had lied about the attempted murder.
Brighton Beach Detective-Warrant Officer, Karen Commins, and Detective-Sergeant, Paul van den Berg, had earlier visited the scene of the alleged crime but found no traces of bloodstains or a bullet cartridge.
The landlord of the building where the woman is a tenant was also interviewed by police.
“Within a few hours of being interviewed the landlord contacted the police saying he had found what appeared to be a metal fragment in the building corridors,” Le Roux said.
“The pair also lied about the actual crime scene. The area was combed, and a bullet casing was found in the corridor (as well as) blood spatter leading to the apartment rented by her.”
Police said they found a bloodstained towel in the woman’s washing machine.
Commins linked the bullet casing that was found to the man’s firearm.
She and Van den Berg were commended for solving the mystery within 24 hours of the incident being reported.