Juan de Villiers, 38, shot dead defending wife

Juan de Villiers, shot dead defending his life-partner in Mayberry Park, Alberton home

2011-04-01 Afrikaner dad Juan de Villiers, 38, fought to the death to protect his life-partner from armed killers at their home in Mayberry Park, Alberton on April 1 2011. His life-partner Ms Jenny Wilson said ‘he ‘d always told me he would protect me to his death, and that’s exactly what happened: he was shot dead while protecting me’. (sources: Hilda Fourie en Wolfram Zwecker) http://www.beeld.com/Suid-Afrika/Nuus/Hy-baklei-tot-die-dood-toe-20110401

DeVilliers Juan shot dead defending his wife MayberryPark Alberton Apr12011 The two black killers’ loot were confined to only one cellphone, a wallet and three bottles of wine. The attack occurred just after two friends had visited the couple at their Mayberry Park, Alberton home. Their son Devan, 10, was away that night: he was at a sleepover at a friend’s house. Ms Wilson went to bed at around 23:00 after their friends had left while Juan fell asleep on the couch.
He was attacked by two black men and trussed up hands-and-feet with shoelaces. As was discovered later, he also was shot once while already tied up in the kitchen. Then the men stormed into Ms Wilson’s bedroom. “When I opened my eyes these two (
black) men in the room. I realised I had to flee,’ she said. “One man grabbed me but I kicked, bit them and screamed, and then ran down the hallway, shouting for Juan to help. I literally dove out of the backdoor and before I could do anything else, Juan was there.” As was figured out later, the injured man had managed to rip off the shoe-laces which were keeping him tied up and ran outside to protect his mate. “Three shots then were fired and it was quiet,’ she said. The blacks fled with very little loot: just a cellphone, a wallet and bottles of wine.

After he was rushed to Union-hospital in Alberton for emergency surgery, it was found that he had sustained four gunshot wounds. Apparently he’d already been shot once while he was tied up in the kitchen while Ms Wilson was still asleep in the bedroom. His wounds were too severe: the life-support was turned off two hours later in the presence of Ms Wilson and his grieving mom, Mrs Alta Smith, 56. “My son protected his wife’s life,’ the griefstricken mom said. “He fought so hard just to prevent them from shooting her. If they had only wounded him it could still be accepted, but why did they have to shoot him dead? It was so unneccessary: they got so little. The death-sentence must be brought back because people can’t just continue to run around and murder as they please like this,’ she added. http://www.beeld.com/Suid-Afrika/Nuus/Hy-baklei-tot-die-dood-toe-20110401

About Adriana Stuijt
Retired South African-Dutch journalist formerly Sunday Times Johannesburg

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