Partner in hiding after hammer attack

2014-01-08 00:00

A DURBAN businessman has been arrested after he allegedly beat his partner with a hammer and then attempted to strangle him at a plush Morningside home.

Mthandeni Mathews Ngidi (32), who appeared before the Durban Magistrate’s Court yesterday and was remanded into custody, was allegedly angered by his partner’s infidelity.

After allegedly repeatedly beating him close to death on Boxing Day, Ngidi then took the victim to a Durban hospital.

Police claim Ngidi, who owns a waste management company, then flew to Johannesburg and attempted to drive the victim’s brand new luxury car back to Durban — which he then crashed in Ladysmith, according to the police. He has been charged with attempted murder.

The complainant, Stuart Grant (55), who owns the home where the alleged attack took place, is a financial director at a multi-national construction firm with offices throughout Africa, including Durban, as well as the U.S. and Canada.

He has since gone into hiding. Attempts to reach him yesterday were unsuccessful.

Police spokesperson Captain Thulani Zwane said the complainant was struck several times on his head with a hammer, before his attacker attempted to throttle him.

“[Ngidi] then took victim to the hospital, flew to Johannesburg, picked up [Grant’s] brand new Mercedes-Benz E350 and then crashed it near the Tugela Plaza, Ladysmith. He handed himself over to the Berea SAPS with his attorney present yesterday morning. The complainant is presently in hiding as he and his new partner have allegedly been threatened,” said Zwane.

Ngidi will appear before the court tomorrow for a formal bail application.

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