Man punched to death

2015-04-08 00:00

A “MUSCLE MAN” allegedly ­pummeled a man to death with a knuckle-duster outside the temples in Langalibalele Street on Friday.

The 35-year-old man, who is reportedly a bodybuilder, is expected to appear in court today.

It is believed that the victim was coming out of the Sri Vishnu Temple carrying a plate of biryani when he bumped into a woman.

The woman’s husband is believed to have sworn at the man and when the man responded, he allegedly started hitting him with a knuckle-duster.

He then allegedly bashed the man against a wall.

A witness at the scene, who asked not to be named, said she saw the man fall to the ground, trying to protect his head with his hands.

The witness said there was no blood at the scene and the attacker allegedly dropped the knuckle-duster next to the body.

Traffic police who were at the scene called the police and an ambulance.

Paramedics performed CPR on the man but he died at the scene.

Although some people believed that the victim was a car guard, the witness said that he was not known to the other car guards in the area.

She said he was wearing a black jacket with a hood. Another witness, who was walking back to his vehicle from the Sri Vishnu Temple after 6 pm, said he saw the motionless body of the man just inside the gate of one of the blocks of flats on Langalibalele Street.

“There were two young boys who were smoking next to the body and kept checking to see if the man was alright. I thought he was a beggar who was just asleep because his clothes were old and torn,” the witness said.

Police spokesperson Lieutenant Joey Jeevan said an incident of an assault in Longmarket Street, outside Anver Court flats, was reported after 6 pm.

She said police found an unknown man, approximately 30 years of age, being assisted by paramedics.

He had sustained bruises to the head and face and died a short while later.

Jeevan said the 35-year-old suspect handed himself over yesterday morning and was taken into custody.

A case of murder has been opened and the circumstances surrounding the incident is being investigated.

Pietermaritzburg detectives are making an appeal to anyone who may have witnessed the incident or has information regarding the identity of the deceased to come forward and contact Captain Freedom Khumalo at 033 845 2759 or 083 962 9600.

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