Amputee hijack suspect appears in court

Aaron Ratau after he was arrested on the scene.

Aaron Ratau was arrested near Groblersdal after a high speed chase and shootout with police. A second man, who cannot be named before he appears in court, is recuperating in hospital after he was injured during the same incident.

The three suspects allegedly hijacked a car belonging to a Hartelus resident after he gave them a lift last week Thursday. Hartelus is situated near Roossenekal in Limpopo.

Read: Taxi driver saves octogenarians from hijack ordeal

The victim was threatened with a gun and thrown out of his car. Police caught up with the hijackers near Groblersdal and retaliated when the suspects started shooting at them.

Watch: VIDEO – Suspect killed in foiled hijack attempt

Emmanuel Maila was shot and killed whilst his two accomplices surrendered to police.

Aaron Ratau uses crutches to get by.

Ratau, who is missing a leg and walks on crutches, faces charges of hijacking, possession of a suspected stolen vehicle, unlawful possession of a firearm and ammunition as well as attempted murder.

Read: Hijacking drama – Amputee arrested, another killed during shootout, high speed chase

He has been remanded in custody for a formal bail application next week. The second accused will join him in court as soon as he is discharged from hospital.


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Jana Boshoff

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