Imbali shooting: mystery of man found dead on B&B premises

2009-02-25 00:00

The body of an unidentified man with a single gunshot wound to the head was found on the premises of an Imbali bed-and-breakfast yesterday morning.

A passer-by found the body of the unknown man lying lifeless about 100 m from the rooms. Police suspect he was murdered on the premises the night before .

“It doesn’t seem like the body was just dumped there,” said police spokeswoman Inspector Joey Jeevan. Police found a large trail of blood on the ground from the gunshot wound, she added, and “believe that the man was murdered on the premises”.

When police spoke to security guards at the B&B, they found that none of them knew anything about the murder until it was brought to their attention by a passer-by who alerted the police. He left the scene before they arrived.

Found at the scene was an empty cartridge, which police believe is from a 9 mm firearm, and a backpack stocked with clothes. “He did not appear to have a wallet on him or anything else,” Jeevan said. “The motive is unknown.”

The body is that of a black man of average build, around 40 years old and about 1,6 m tall, with black dreadlocks and a short beard. He wore green longs, a long-sleeve white shirt and white takkies.

Contact Superintendent Mavis Ntombela of Plessislaer SAPS at 033 398 9717 or 082 5579 226 if you can help to identify the man. Callers who wish to remain anonymous should contact Crime Stop toll-free at 08600 10111.

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