This hot from the Knysna-Plett Herald:
Plettenberg Bay attorney, Paul Jordaan (52), was found guilty of attempted murder and the assault of two young boys by Knysna Regional Court magistrate, MT Cannon on Friday, August 10.
His bail has been extended while the court waits to obtain a report from a correctional supervision officer to ensure that all sentencing options are available to the court. Sentencing has been postponed until October 22 when the court will have the correctional supervision officer’s report.
On February 21, 2010 an allegedly enraged Jordaan went in pursuit of burglars who had just broken into his office.
Armed with a .357 magnum revolver, he apparently opened fire on a group of children close to the Market Square Shopping Centre. He had pulled alongside them to question them about the incident and several of the older boys ran away. Mistakenly presuming that they were the culprits, the unfortunate encounter ended with a bullet that ricocheted, hitting Daylan Hendriks (13) in the upper right arm and chest, causing a flesh wound.
Cannon rejected the lawyer’s claim that he had no intention of hurting the children.
“If one considers the evidence of the children, I have no doubt the accused was aggressive when he stopped the children and that he was out of control.” The magistrate further said the court found it difficult to comprehend why Jordaan had suspected the children when he had already been told that the burglars, who had confronted his wife and daughter at his office, were adult males.
Whatever prompted the shooter, the incident is perceived in some circles as a significant wake-up call to the increasing level of frustration the general public feels towards the ongoing escalating, and often opportunistic crimes perpetrated by youth, which makes people view even innocent children with suspicion.
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