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Arrested 'cable thief' dies during questioning

By unknown | Jul 07, 2008 | COMMENTS [ 0 ]

Sipho Masombuka

Sipho Masombuka

Pretoria police are looking for the relatives of a 65- year-old man who died during interrogation after he was arrested for possession of stolen copper cables on Saturday.

The elderly man, who cannot be identified until his next of kin is informed, died at a Pretoria West police station about 20 minutes after his arrest, Captain Dumisani Ndlazi said.

"He was picked up on the street by members of the crime prevention unit on patrol in Pretoria West at about 10am. Suspected stolen copper cables were found in his possession.

"He was relatively well on arrival at the police station but fell seriously ill soon after that.

"Emergency medical personnel were called but he died before they could reach him," said Ndlazi.

He said the man had given police his name and age and was responding well to questions but fell ill and died before police could get his address.

"I suspect that he died of shock. We will be able to get his address through his fingerprints. A postmortem will be conducted to establish the cause of death," Ndlazi said.


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