A broken cellphone and R3 in cash - these were the spoils of an armed robbery which has left a Pretoria man fighting for his life in a city hospital.
Jason Marshall, who has lost a kidney and part of his intestines, was shot in the back while asleep with his wife, Cindy, in their Faerie Glen home.
The shooting, in the early hours of last Friday, comes in a period which has seen an upsurge in brutality in violent attacks on countless Pretoria residents by armed gangs.
The surge in the brutality and violence in crimes - which seems to contradict the apparent fall in crime as shown by SAPS statistics - is confirmed by researchers and city Community Policing Forum (CPF) members who warn of worse to come.
Tshwane University of Technology policing lecturer Johan Burger said information showed that violence accompanying the commission of crimes was increasing.
He said he believed this was because of recent successes by police and that the prosecuting authority was frustrating criminals, who were finding it more and more difficult to get away with their actions.