Man dead in river named as suspected housebreaker

2015-01-27 00:00

THE man who drowned in the Umngeni River on Sunday morning has been linked to a house breaking in the area earlier that morning.

It’s believed the possibly intoxicated man gashed himself badly on a window he broke, fled and then, weakened by the loss of blood, collapsed and drowned in the river.

Nhlaphoko Ngcongo (aged in his twenties) was found dead wedged between two rocks, with a trail of blood leading from the body to the river banks.

A police source said the man was suspected to have broken into a house along the river bank early on Sunday morning.

“The window of the house was smashed with a brick and we believe the suspect was injured in the process,” said the source.

He added that a large pool of blood was found at the crime scene trailing down to the river where the body lay.

The body had a large gash in the upper arm. Police said the man most likely cut his arm on the broken glass while entering the house.

The source added that the man’s relatives said they had last seen him on Saturday evening in an intoxicated state.

The owner of the house, who asked not to be named, said he heard the window of his study shatter at 1 am on Sunday morning.

After Knight Security arrived, he said he opened the study door and found a large pool of blood on the study floor.

“We saw blood everywhere. Knight Security and their dog unit tracked the trail of blood to the bottom of the garden but did not find anything else.”

He said the amount of blood at his home and leading away into the bushes was so much, he believed the man could have fallen into the river due to the blood lost and then bled to death.

“This is the third time we have been hit in six months and the last time two men were arrested on my property, but I later heard they had been released a week later.”

• chelsea.pieterse@witness.co.za

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