Fears for shot woman as boyfriend granted bail

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A broken window at the Durban North home of Maria Deloca, who was allegedly shot by her boyfriend. Photo: SIBONELO NGCOBO

Durban - The Durban North woman allegedly shot by her boyfriend has mixed feelings about him being out on bail.

Maria Deloca, 43, shot repeatedly on Wednesday, allegedly by Gavin Botha, is recuperating at a friend’s home in Durban.

On Friday, Botha was granted R10 000 bail on condition that he does not go near Deloca’s home or work.

Deloca was discharged from hospital yesterday but is still too weak to speak.

Her friend, Richard Eslick, said,

“She has mixed feelings about him being given bail. We have been told that he is on his way to Joburg with his family.”

The drama unfolded on Wednesday night when Botha showed up at Deloca’s rented apartment.

Tyrone Powell, the security officer who went to the scene, said they got a call at 10pm about the suspect throwing rocks at the house.

“When a team arrived there, he ran down an alley and disappeared. Twenty five minutes later we received another call. The suspect is believed to have fired shots at her from the road.

“When she ran inside he allegedly got into the yard and climbed onto the roof of her first floor apartment and shot her through the window. She ran and hid on the balcony where he got to her.”

Powell said they found the suspect with Deloca on the balcony and tried to get him to put his gun down but he allegedly fired shots in their direction.

“He and the victim came out of the ground floor entrance. She walked a few steps and collapsed on the grass. She was covered in blood. His gun was in his pocket. I arrested him and found between 50 and 60 rounds of ammunition on him.”

Powell said when he led the suspect past Deloca he told the paramedics to “please try to save her”.

Eslick said the couple had broken up but reconciled recently.

“They had gone out for drinks that night and she went home. He tried to call her and she refused to answer. That’s when he showed up… he just lost it.”


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