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20 June 2012 at 22:00 - Posted by Anonymous

Father killed in cold blood


“We are investigating the suspects and we will catch them and justice will be served,” says Detective Sergeant M. Ness following the brutal and callous murder of 32 year-old, Owein Lombard on Saturday night, 9 June on Michelle Avenue in Meyersdal, Alberton.

According to reports the Lombard family was returning home from watching rugby with family in Verwoerdpark when the tragedy occurred. It is not completely clear as to the exact sequence of events but according to eyewitnesses and Mr Lombard’s 13 year-old son; it seems as if another vehicle was interfering with Mr Lombard’s bakkie and that the vehicle (also a bakkie) cut his vehicle of at the intersection of Michele Avenue and Johan van der Merwe Drive. Mr Lombard’s wife, their 5 year-old son, 11 year-old daughter and her friend where asleep in the vehicle at this time but their 13 year-old son was awake and along with two eyewitnesses observed the incident. According to the eyewitnesses Lombard, got out of his vehicle and confronted the occupants of the other bakkie, which had heavily tinted windows. An argument ensued and two shots were fired in quick succession – one of the shots hitting Mr Lombard in the side of his chest, critically wounding him. The other vehicle then sped of through Meyersdal to Hennie Alberts Road in the direction of Brackendowns. Because of the tinted windows police and eyewitnesses could not say exactly how many people were in the suspect’s vehicle.

Alan Barker, an Advanced Life Support Paramedic along with James Bean, editor of the tame TIMES- emerging markets, responded to the call and upon arrival immediately started CPR. Barker assessed the patient and intubated him (this is a process used to keep blood and oxygen flowing to the patient’s brain). After trying unsuccessfully for approximately fifteen minutes to resuscitate Mr Lombard, he was declared deceased. A trauma councillor was immediately called to assist the victim’s family.

Police are asking for anyone with more information on this case to come forward as it could be invaluable in solving this case, for justice to be served and closure given to the grief-stricken family. The suspects’ vehicle was captured on CCTV cameras and appears to be a dark coloured double-cab or cab-and-a-half Light Delivery Vehicle (bakkie), possibly a Ford Ranger or similar type vehicle. The vehicle was spotted on CCTV cameras from approximately 23:40 to 00:00 on the evening of June 9. Anybody with information can contact either, Detective Sergeant M.Ness on 072 468 4136 or 011 617 5630 (Brackendowns SAPS), or Detective Constable R. Venter on 082 054 7676 or 011 617 5620 (Brackendowns SAPS) or . The Lombard family would like to thank everyone who assited them on the night of the incident as well as subsequently.

A family has been left without a husband and a father because of an irrational and unnecessary act of violence and the perpetrator or perpetrators should be brought to justice.
The person or persons that were in the vehicle at the time of the shooting, and who choose to remain silent, are just as guilty as the one who pulled the trigger.

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