Man dies after two separate attacks

2008-10-13 00:00

A COPESVILLE man died outside his house following two separate and unrelated attacks on Saturday night.

Two men have reportedly been arrested for the second attack, which is believed to have been the fatal one.

Noel Christopher Emmanuel (32), whose badly injured body was discovered by a motorist at the gate of his house at about midnight on Saturday, was allegedly first assaulted by a tavern owner, a police officer and four men in Northdale at about 7 pm.

After escaping that attack, he was allegedly hacked to death after walking about two hours from Northdale. It is believed that his killers mistook him for another man. A police source told The Witness two men were arrested on Sunday.

Emmanuel, who was buried on Sunday, visited his friend Vijen Ramchuram (38) in Northdale on Saturday evening, intending to have a few drinks and then sleep over.

But the friends were attacked by a group of men, including an off-duty Mountain Rise policeman and the owner of a local tavern, and Emmanuel decided to walk home.

“Had we not been attacked [Emmanuel] would still be alive as he was going to sleep over in my house,” said Ramchuram.

He said that as the friends sat drinking on his balcony next door to the tavern, the bar’s owner started to insult them.

“We exchanged insults until the owner of the tavern and his men, including a well-known police officer, came to my house. They found the gate locked and forced it open. They assaulted us using their hands and tried to drag us to the street.”

Emmanuel suffered a head injury and ran away. Afterwards, Ramchuram couldn’t find him and assumed he had gone home.

Ramchuram said the tavern has long been a problem, with loud music and patrons using crude language and urinating in front of his gate. He started a petition to have the tavern closed.

“This guy [the tavern owner] was also bitter with us since we would normally spend about R400 on weekends buying alcohol from a bottle store (not from the tavern) and enjoy it on my balcony while they were watching,” said Ramchuram.

Later on Saturday, Emmanuel’s family heard someone crying for help in their street.

“We didn’t think it was one of us. But later police came, which is when we learnt my uncle’s body had been discovered,” said a family member.

Senior Superintendent Henry Budhram could not confirm that two men were arrested in connection with the second attack.

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