Another young life is ended

2014-11-06 00:00

JUST a day after a Durban student died tragically after an alleged botched hijacking, a brutal assault ended the life of a second student in Sherwood.

Kurtlee (Pillay) Ownhouse (20), a student at the Centre for Fine Art, Animation and Design (CFAD) on Problem Mkhize (Cowey) Road, was found with multiple stab wounds on West Riding Row Street in Sherwood after what appears to have been a brutal assault on Tuesday night.

Police spokesperson Major Thulani Zwane confirmed yesterday that three men, aged between 20 and 26, have been arrested in connection with the death, and are expected to be charged with murder. They will appear in the Durban Magistrate’s Court soon.

Zwane said police were still investigating the circumstances surrounding Ownhouse’s death.

Netcare 911 paramedics found Ownhouse at about 10.30 pm after receiving a callout.

The young man had multiple stab wounds and abrasions, which they believe were caused by the victim having been dragged along the road.

“We found him lying on the ground with life-threatening injuries. Soon after we arrived, the patient went into cardiac arrest and paramedics worked fervently to resuscitate him. Tragically, though, despite all their efforts, he died at the scene owing to the extensive injuries he sustained,” said Netcare 911’s Chris Botha.

CFAD head Nanda Soobben yesterday described Ownhouse as a mischievous young man.

“He was a talented artist who was in his third year of studying graphic design,” he said. “He was a popular student who made an entrance every day. You knew when he arrived because of the loud music coming from his car.”

Soobben said fellow students were extremely upset about the tragic incident. “They are undergoing exams, so they are all stressed out,” he said.

• Meanwhile, no arrest has been made for the brutal murder of 22-year-old Shrivaar Panday, who bled to death after being stabbed in the leg on Monday morning.

While the probe into Panday’s callous murder continues, Major Thulani Zwane said police were appealing to the public to come forward with any information that might assist in solving the case.

A funeral service was held for Panday on Tuesday at the Dravida Society of South Africa Cultural Centre in Reservoir Hills.

He was later cremated at the Clare Estate crematorium.

At about 7 am on Monday, the final-year University of KwaZulu-Natal BCom Accounting student was rushing to the Westville campus to write his Management Accounting and Finance 300 final exam paper when he was accosted by one or more suspects, who allegedly threw a brick at the driver’s window and stabbed him in the right thigh.

Bleeding profusely, Panday drove himself to the Engen garage in Peter Mokaba (Ridge) Road, where he later died.

Two men interviewed at the scene told The Witness Panday had been stabbed at a traffic light in Hendry Road.

• amanda.khoza@witness.co.za

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