First assault, then murder

2008-06-15 00:00

A 28-YEAR-old Sweetwaters woman died after her throat was slit on Thursday — allegedly by her estranged boyfriend, apparently after she refused to drop assault charges against him.

Ncengeni Mngadi’s body was discovered in a pool of blood by a woman who is close to the suspect. Her legs were tied together with a rope.

The woman had seen the suspect jumping out of a window of the house and running away. When she went into the house to investigate the suspect’s suspicious behaviour, she found the body.

The Witness understands the suspect was released from prison last year after serving a long sentence for another murder. He is still at large, but is believed to be in the area.

Ncengeni’s father, Robert Mngadi (52), said his daughter was killed with a kitchen knife stolen from his homestead. The murder took place in a nearby homestead.

“He started assaulting her in our kitchen. She was alone at home when the man came to see her. A neighbour intervened to stop the assault. When we returned later, we found tables and chairs upside down.

“I don’t understand how he forced her to go to the homestead where he murdered her. No one saw them leaving the [Mngadi] home,” said Mngadi.

The Witness established that the suspect told his brother’s girlfriend that he wanted to have a private conversation with Ncedeni to solve their differences.

The brother’s girlfriend left to give them privacy. But a few minutes later she saw the suspect jumping out the window.

Ncedeni’s younger sister, Mpilo Mngadi (16), said the two had been going out for less than a month, but he had assaulted her many times.

“About two weeks ago, my sister broke up with him after he stabbed her several times in the face and head. She laid charges against him, but he kept demanding that she drop the charges.”

Suspicions are that the suspect tried to strangle Mngadi before cutting her throat. Although there were people near the place where she was murdered, no one reported hearing Mngadi call for help for scream.

Ward Two councilor Bhabhashane Ntuli called a community meeting on Friday to encourage residents to help track down the suspect.

Police had no comment yesterday.

bhans@witness.co.za

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