Two stone throwers suspected of terrorizing residents of a street in the suburbs of Adelaide have been arrested and charged by police.
- Residents of Wattlebird Drive in northern Adelaide said they were “peeled by rocks” every night
- Resident said she was hit on the head and some of her neighbors were kicked off the streets
- A man and woman, both from Burton, have since been arrested and charged
Earlier this year, residents of Wattlebird Drive in Burton expressed concern over a night barrage of stones landing on their homes and cars, saying they feared for their safety and that of their children.
Tash Peterson said she was shot in the head and some of her neighbors were forced to flee the streets due to the physical threat and psychological trauma.
“I got home from work at 7:30 pm – as soon as I got out of my car, ‘boom, boom’ – it’s moving,” Ms. Peterson said in May.
A month later, she said residents “were still being pelted with stones” and that a teenage girl who had come out to move her car had to be hospitalized after being shot in the head.
“We still have a lot of damaged homes and cars,” Ms. Peterson said.
South African police today said two people – a 33-year-old man and a 46-year-old woman, both from Burton – had been arrested and charged over the stone-throwing incidents.
“Between April and May, police received a number of reports of stones and other objects thrown at houses and cars near Wattlebird Drive,” police said.
The man was charged with two counts of firing a missile to annoy and the woman with one count of the same offense.
They were released on bail to appear in Elizabeth Magistrates’ Court on August 13 and August 16, respectively.
Police said the arrests followed an increased presence in the area in recent months, with the canine squad and police helicopter being deployed “to apprehend those implicated in this dangerous behavior.”
However, police said investigations into the series of incidents are ongoing and have asked anyone with more information to contact Crime Stoppers at 1-800-333,000, or online.