A young medical student described yesterday how she hit prominent Port Elizabeth businessman Shawn Blunden over the head with a marble statue to try to protect her father, who had been shot in the abdomen at the family’s Walmer Heights home.
With the gun then pointed at her, Kaylin Williams, 27, said she had put her hands in the air and knelt down next to her dad.
Details of the 2015 shooting emerged in the Port Elizabeth Regional Court for the first time yesterday.
But the discrepancies in Kaylin’s testimony, and an unexplained bullet hole – bizarrely discovered in a toaster – gave the defence the upper hand, with a confident Blunden seen smiling as he left the court.
The 53-year-old owner of Blunden Coach Tours pleaded not guilty to the attempted murder of Kaylin and his former brother-in-law, Deon Williams. He said he had acted in self-defence. In a brief plea explanation, defence attorney Paul Roelofse said Williams, 52, had tried to grab the firearm from Blunden’s holster, a struggle had ensued and the gun had gone off.
The first bullet hit the toaster in the kitchen behind Blunden. A second shot that was fired hit Williams in the abdomen.
It is alleged Blunden then pointed the gun at Kaylin, who had jumped between the two men.
Kaylin is the daughter of Blunden’s sister, Cheryl, who was married to Williams.
Tension between the family was evident yesterday as an argument over inheritance emerged as the reason for the fight.
“This all started because my father and I consulted a lawyer on the Tuesday [June 16 2015] to request a copy of the will following the death of my grandfather [George Blunden] and to inquire who the executors of the estate were,” Kaylin said.