GEORGE HENRY, Star Writer
The gun which was left behind by the robbers who held up the teacher Friday night in Spaldings. - George Henry
A male teacher from a prominent tertiary institution is now counting his blessings after he displayed an act of bravery when he was held up by gunmen in Spaldings, on the Manchester side of the fast developing town Friday night.
According to the teacher, he went to a supermarket in that town and cashed a cheque. He reported that he placed the cash in his pocket and was on his way home.
"On my way home, I realised some guys were actually in pursuit and I decided to prolong my journey by not turning off where I usually turn to go to my house. Subsequent to that, I realised two guys attempted to turn off with me," said the teacher.
He said when he realised something was suspicious, he walked towards a neighbour's house when two men attacked him, used an expletive and demanded he turn over his money.
The teacher said he held on to one of the gunmen, punched him in his face and a tussle started between them. The teacher noted that while he was trying to free himself from attacker, they both fell to the ground. He said the gunman's accomplice tried to to take out the cash but without success.
"I was able to get back on my legs and shouted to my neighbours for help. it was at that point that they decided to run. I then went home and called a friend who accompanied me to the location where I was held up. When we got back to the location, my friend shone the light from his vehicle on the spot and I saw a gun on the ground," said the teacher.
The teacher told THE STAR that it was at that time that he and his friend summoned the Spaldings police, who arrived about 10 minutes later, retrieved the gun and took the illegal weapon to the station.
Inspector Clive Ramsey, the sub-officer in charge of the Spaldings Police Station, told THE STAR that a thorough investigation is being carried out.
He pointed out that the police took a similar weapon from a schoolboy from a prominent high school a few weeks ago. He said, based on intelligence, there might be a proliferation of home-made guns in the Spaldings police area.