Mitchell suspects on the run

2010-10-11 09:19

Johannesburg - Two men who allegedly broke into Lions coach John Mitchell's house and stabbed him were still on the run, Gauteng police said on Monday.

"We are searching for these men on house robbery and attempted murder charges," Warrant Officer Moses Maphakela said.

He said the men entered Mitchell's house in Hyde Park through an open window on Saturday night and demanded money from him.

A fight then broke out and Mitchell was stabbed in the right thigh and hand. The men fled with two laptops, cellphones, three music players and various household appliances.

Fellow New Zealand-born coach Wayne Taylor was in another room when he heard a commotion and ran to where the men had fled, before phoning police.

He managed to recover the laptops and some other items which the men had dropped on their way out.

Mitchell was taken to Sandton clinic on Saturday night and discharged on Sunday morning, Maphakela said.

A statement from the Lions rugby union website said that Mitchell would return to work on Monday.

"Mitchell will be back at the office tomorrow where we will give him our full support and encouragement," Golden Lions Rugby Union president Kevin de Klerk said in the statement.

"We have rallied around both John and Wayne during this terrible time and have placed them both in new accommodation for the time being while we find them a new permanent residency."


  • why..? - 2010-10-11 09:23

    ...why dont they mention the colour of the criminals..?? it because they are black..??

  • whatever - 2010-10-11 09:38

    These animals should be shot. Don't bother arresting them, or trials, or bail, or prison sentences at the tax payers expense where they get their square meals and a roof over their head only to come out 5 years later worse than before. Take a gun, shoot them, and sterilise their young

  • @why..? - 2010-10-11 09:38

    What has that got to do with anything? you racist tw@t!!!!

  • Weepee - 2010-10-11 09:45

    Welcome to SA Mitch! It will be a tragedy if Mitchell decides to leave based on this but can one blame him?

  • Nick - 2010-10-11 09:45

    "Searching for these men" - those and thousands of others, the police are understaffed, underpaid and undergunned. The criminals, sadly, will continue to viciously attack people for trivial items. Only when an international coach of repute is involved, it makes for bad reading and SA loses ground made up during the SWC.

  • Larry - 2010-10-11 09:48

    @why..? Ever considered if you have nothing of value to say keep your mouth shut.. thats why!

  • Paulie - 2010-10-11 09:48

    @Why? For God sake man, why bring in race? It's a shocker as is, but the perpetrators could be purple for all I care. I'm just grateful Mitchell doesn't seem to be badly hurt. Don't use the blog to bring in uncalled for racial jibes. Your slip is really showing.

  • OH no - 2010-10-11 09:50

    Does it really matter? a crime was committed here and someone nearly lost his life. Why bring in colour?

  • Jack Daniels - 2010-10-11 09:52

    Damn this is really not what we need right now a foreigner being knifed, if it had been a ordinary white South African it wouldn't be news, that's just how much things have changed in this's become hopeless.

  • Phili - 2010-10-11 09:55

    Why must everything be blamed on colour? These are criminals and should be dealt with as such. No race is immune to crime in this country, so beware!

  • Fire - 2010-10-11 09:56

    Why - pull out the racial card again? Criminals are of all colors Mr Windhead ! If you have passed grade 1 maths you will be able to deduct that +- 75% of South Africans are black and the balance from other racial groups. It is just logic that crimes will be committed by the majority PDI s. Take off your color spectacles and see that there is a life out there...... You make normal people sick !

  • BRUINO - 2010-10-11 09:56

    Why does colour matter, a criminal is a criminal its not your colur that makes the difference. If you still worried about colour go to australia like the rest of your mates!!!!

  • Larch - 2010-10-11 09:57

    Good luck, they'll never be found... Get used to this John or go back to Aus or NZ. It's what we live with on a daily basis here...

  • Spataar - 2010-10-11 09:58

    Maybe they are Lions supporters that were unhappy.........

  • JT - 2010-10-11 10:00

    For a despicable act of this nature ... does it matter what colour the criminals were ???

  • Carlos - 2010-10-11 10:02

    Taking into account that the majority of South Africa's population is black, yes, there is a good chance that the criminals could have been. But is that really the issue here???

  • louwrens - 2010-10-11 10:03

    crime knows no colour, ask the rhino horn murderers.we should all work together to bring crime down and not just give negative comments and do nothing like most south africans. we need to walk the talk.

  • @why - 2010-10-11 10:04

    Why don't you leave SA and go on live in the all-white world at the top of Everest, you blind, bigoted racist?? This is a news item about a crime, and has nothing to do with the skin colour of the victim, the perpetrators, the investigating officers, mother Theresa or the tooth fairy. Idiot.

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  • celeste - 2010-10-11 10:10

    If colour isn't important then what's wrong with mentioning it? The argument can go either way. Colour IS a problem. I would like to see the statistics or a comparison. How much crime is committed by black people and how much is committed by white people.

  • Loud Lion - 2010-10-11 10:16

    Another first class South African FAIL!!! What a pitty that some underworld scum feel that they are entitled to invade another individuals privacy and sanctum to satisfy their own greed. @why...? race has nothing to do with this. scum are scum. Colour has nothing to do with it. I would like to extend my most humble apologies to Mitchell and Taylor for this shamefull incident. I sincerly hope that it does not hold too much influence on your future in this cowboy country of ours. your loss would be a tradgedy on too many levels.

  • Sundance - 2010-10-11 10:20

    No it does not matter what colour they were, but had they been white the article would have said so, AND THATS A FACT!

  • GBES - 2010-10-11 10:21

    Criminals are NOT racists at least. They rip us all off,on an equal basis. according to their rule book.Their gender might be important also,because a Lion should not be robbed by a bunch of girls right ? O,Lord if they are gay,the pain ! oh the embarassment ! Why , Why ? Why ? If I had a choice I would like to be robbed and killed by white criminals.The cops according to mr "why" will maybe ,just maybe respond faster. LMAO..

  • MJ - 2010-10-11 10:21

    As a compatriot of NZ I can say that the reaction here to this news event is sorrow, but not surprise. Every South African who has immigrated to NZ (inluding my ex-gf) has a books worth of experience on how crime has affected them, their friends and family and often quotes it as the reason they left in the first place. Yes we have violent crime here as well, but it somewhat pales in significance and occurence when compared to the tragic situation in your backyard. I hope these scumbags get caught and prosecuted to the laws full extent.

  • Henk - 2010-10-11 10:24

    Ag please!!! All the HooHaa because it is a well known person that got atacked? What about us ordenary citizens that cant move to another house after being atacked? ( not sure that moving is solving your problem in any case) Why should this case get special attention?

  • Boerseun - 2010-10-11 10:29

    Tyd dat ons die goed begin skiet onsself, totdat die regering die doodstraf terug bring. Ons was in die 21ste eeu maar ons is nou weer terug in die 16de eeu. Kill or br killed. As jy iets hoor skiet eers en kyk later.

  • Cowboy - 2010-10-11 10:29

    South Africa is like the "Wild West" remember. What a coincidence, these two are named "John, Wayne".Suits the situation well.

  • sonja - 2010-10-11 10:30

    Why do you all get so upset because people comment on race? With the Reitz 4 and the Waterkloof boys it was a RACE issue. Funny when it is white on black then it become the most sensational story, but the other way around, then we are regard as the RACIST! It also does not help to bring in percentages......we all know what the real reason is. My daughter and fiance was also burgled on Saterday night and it is not a nice feeling to get that call in the middle of the night. So please shut up till it happen to you

  • Ryan - 2010-10-11 10:30

    Amusing that according to the NZ media, Mitchell jumped on one of the assailants thinking that it was his mate playing a prank on him... Hahaha - typical Kiwi (fun loving b@stards) but unfortunately John, this ain't Taranaki and you're lucky not have been 1 of the approximately 18000+ murdered in South Africa every year.

  • @whatever - 2010-10-11 10:39

    There is another option on how to deal with theses criminals - they should be thrown into the furnace of an Eskom power station - that way they will give something back to society (in the form of 1 kW of electricity). It will also save Eskom on the prIce of some coal.

  • Pieter Crause - 2010-10-11 10:46

    omg how times have changed, whatever happened to guns? whats next?

  • Leg over Wicket - 2010-10-11 10:49

    Breaking News: Cele to appoint his son to the case.New Laptop,Rolex and Range Rover with build in Blackberry to speed up the investigation. Cousin as driver as son and deputy(friend of the family) will be mostly in Europe in cosultation with Interpol.

  • willy - 2010-10-11 10:58

    Well(why) if there is a idiot out there, it has to be you, just because that there is more blacks than any other race groups does this qualify you to become a criminal (theft),murderer, rapist etc.In America there is a much bigger white race group than black, but funny that most of the jails are occupied by blacks, must be a black thing or am I being racist.( YOU PR..IC) So why don't you all crawl back up into dark Africa where you came from and attack each other there, go back to spears the world is much to cleaver for you.

  • Pire - 2010-10-11 11:00

    The suspect is now in Kimberly. You will find him wearing a 15 on his back...hahaha

  • hang - 2010-10-11 11:02

    ..these thugs/barbarians should be hanged in the middle of Coca Cola Park..!!

  • Ismail - 2010-10-11 11:02

    Anyone with crime stats from NZ - what is the populaition of NZ

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  • AZ - 2010-10-11 11:22

    Time for Schalk Burger to don his police cap and hunt them down with one of his mean tackles!

  • Bob the Braceless - 2010-10-11 11:23

    truth is that as long as there is a market for stolen goods there will always be crime. the irony is that the majority of people love to buy a bargain without considering where it came from. so sadly indirectly it creates the market for the crimes to continue to be perpetuated. makes you think!!! so if a cellphone costs a fraction of its value it is not a bargain it is stolen.....

  • Ryan - 2010-10-11 11:42

    @ Ismail: Population is @ 4.38 million. I've lived here for six years, while there will never be the same level of crime as that in South Africa, there are still some nut jobs around. Do a search for the Panmure RSA Murders committed by William Bell and then there's this Clayton Weatherston knobhead who stabbed his girlfriend 216 times...

  • Koba Storbeck - 2010-10-11 12:19

    Glad to hear Mitch is okay, hope this will not influence his coaching as his done a wonderful job with our LIONS team. Wish you speedy recovery and support from all LION supporters.

  • StuartW - 2010-10-11 13:22

    @ Boerseun, ja, en dan skiet jy jou eie seun wat by die huis uitglip om te gaan jol of dalk vir sy girl te gaan kuier...ongelukkig is daardie opsie van jou nie die uitweg nie....miskien moet hulle bietjie die sekuriteits maatskappy begin ondersoek....90% van die tyd is hulle betrokke by sulke gevalle...hoe anders het die mense ingekom?

  • Just me - 2010-10-13 09:54

    Terrible terrible experience. They should bring back curfews!!! There are just too many loiterers, with nothing to do, hanging around where they shouldn't be and where they don't have any business. Streets should be patrolled at all times to remove these swines from our suburbs. We, all of us, need to be protected from the scurge that hang around our properties and invade our privacy.

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