A Johannesburg man allegedly stabbed his partner and then jumped to his death when he realised police officers had arrived at the front door to investigate the domestic violence case.
Independent Police Investigative Directorate national spokesperson Ndileka Cola said on Tuesday that the directorate had launched an investigation in terms of Section 28(1)b of the IPID Act to determine the facts around the man’s death as a result of police action. The man allegedly jumped to his death from a Hillbrow apartment on Monday.
Woman’s boyfriend allegedly leaps from window as police open door
Cola said two police officers, including a warrant officer and a constable from the Hillbrow Police Station Detective Unit were in the process of raiding a suspect’s flat in Moulin Rouge when the incident occurred. He said according to IPID’s preliminary investigation, the two police officers had gone to the flat together with a security officer as they were investigation a domestic violence case, which had been opened at the police station just days earlier on February 13. His girlfriend had opened a case of assault and grievous bodily harm (GBH) against him after he allegedly stabbed her in her right hand with a bread knife.
“They knocked at the door but there was no response. In an effort to get access to the flat, the security guard sourced spare keys from the caretaker. The caretaker could not find the spare keys for the specific flat police wanted to access. He brought a small chisel to open the door,” Cola said.
“While busy trying to open the door, they heard somebody screaming. They opened the door and discovered that the person they are looking for had jumped out of the flat through the window from fifth floor,” Cola said.
Cola said police had immediately called paramedics to provide medical treatment to the suspect. However, when paramedics arrived they declared him dead at the scene of the crime.
“The deceased was later identified by his girlfriend. The investigation continues,” Cola said.