Cricketer, couple found dead in house

2008-01-21 00:00

POLICE have not ruled out the possibility of a double murder and a suicide in the mysterious deaths of a popular Pakistani cricketer and a local businessman and his wife, whose decomposing bodies were found in a suburban house on Friday night.

Speculation about the murder is that two murders and a suicide were committed in the house. However, police could not confirm this.

The bodies of Young Natalians cricket all-rounder Sher Khan (35) and of married couple Khaya (49) and Patience (29) Ngwenya were found in the Ngwenyas’ house in Uplands Road, Blackridge, at about 8 pm on Friday.

Khan was reported missing on Wednesday last week, and it was alleged that he was last seen with Khaya Ngwenya, who ran a cellphone shop near Khan’s phone shop.

Ngwenya’s father, James, who lives in Nagina near Pinetown, told The Witness yesterday that his son was a hardworking businessman.

“He started as a manager for different shops in Pietermaritzburg and elsewhere in KwaZulu-Natal. He was now operating four Vodashop cellphone service franchises, including one at the corner of Langalibalele and Albert Luthuli streets.”

This was opposite Khan’s shop. Ngwenya said he did not know Khan, but that he had met a man who was introduced to him as Khaya’s friend.

“Once a long time ago, I was at Khaya’s shop when a man with a big moustache came into the shop and introduced himself as Khaya’s friend.”

Ngwenya said he was anxious to see his son after he last saw him in October. Khaya and his wife Patience had been married for more than seven years.

The Ngwenya family said they are devastated by the mysterious deaths of Khaya and Patience.

His mother, father and brother were at his house yesterday. Ngwenya said the family had been trying to contact his son last week.

“We tried to get in touch with Khaya last week because we wanted to tell him that his uncle had passed away, but he could not be reached. I was shocked when I received a message on Friday that people in Pietermaritzburg were looking for him as well,” he said.

The family then came to Pietermaritzburg to look for their son. On their arrival at the house, they found a man’s body in one of the rooms.

“We immediately called the police, who arrived and started to search the house.”

Police spokesman Senior Superintendent Henry Budhram said the police went to the house on Friday evening to investigate and found Khan’s decomposing body.

“Police found the kitchen door opened and in a back room attached to the main house, police found the body of Khan.

“Khan’s body had multiple stab wounds to the chest and head and was in a state of decomposition.”

On further investigation, the bodies of the Ngwenya couple were found in different rooms inside the main house.

“No visible wounds could be seen on them,” he said.

“We are treating Khan’s death as murder because of the stab wounds in his body.

“An inquest into the deaths of the couple has been registered to determine the exact cause of their deaths,” said Budhram.

Maritzburg Cricket Association president and Young Natalians club official Yunus Bhamjee said he knew Khan as a cricket player.

“I knew him only as a cricketer, he was more than a useful cricketer. At club level, he was a good organiser. He helped to keep the club together.”

He said Khan was good with people. “He was a nice person, people liked him and people will miss him,” said Bhamjee.

sandilez@witness.co.za

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