Psychic gives relief

2012-04-28 00:00

HOLDING a picture of her late brother, Peter, Rocky Lombard says she can sleep at night knowing that her brother is in a happy place.

The Witness reported that Lombard’s skeleton was discovered by contract workers at the corner of Hesketh Drive and Foxon Road in Hayfields in September last year. He he had been missing for almost a year.

His cellphone was missing, but everything else, including his watch, was intact.

Plagued by the worry of not knowing how her brother had died, Lombard — who lives in Scottsville — consulted Durban psychic medium Silva Leaf for answers.

“We battled. We had all the phone records, but there was nothing concrete,” said Rocky, who had never been to a medium before.

The appointment was on February 16, Lombard’s birthday, and in the same street where Lombard and Rocky grew up.

“When we walked into the house you could just feel the Holy Spirit.”

The family believe they spoke to Lombard through Silva, who was the only one who could see him in the room.

What came as a surprise was the revelation that Lombard had not been murdered.

He revealed that he had been bitten by a Mozambique spitting cobra.

“I’m so glad he wasn’t murdered. He joked about the fact that he wasn’t drunk when he died,” Rocky said.

The family said he joked a lot when alive.

He told them that his cellphone wasn’t stolen but that a boy had found it.

“It wasn’t Silva speaking, but my brother speaking through her … It was so peaceful and felt right. He told me that I mustn’t feel guilty, because I was.”

He also said he was looking 10 times better than he did when he was on Earth and asked them to stop crying for him.

He told his niece, Kirsten, that everything would be fine.

Kirsten said she was sceptical at first, but added: “I wasn’t working then, but now I have a job and everything is fine.”

Lombard said she used to pray every night that her brother’s body would be recovered and that he was in a warm bed.

“He also mentioned a ‘warm bed’, which only God and I knew about.”

The detective who worked on the case — whose name is withheld due to the nature of her job — said she wished every family with unsolved cases would consider consulting a medium.

“[Silva Leaf] is not a fly-by-night. She’s not hocus-pocus. She’s awesome.

“As a detective I deal with facts, but this is real,” the detective added.

She had accompanied the family to the psychic’s session.

Lombard’s discoloured ribs and the fact that no one could smell his remains as his body lay in the veld indicate that he could have been bitten by a snake, the detective said.

Snake expert Mark Enslin said it was possible he had been killed by snake venom, but only tests could confirm this.

“I can’t put my head on the block and say it was a snake that killed him because I’m not a pathologist.”

Enslin said that in the area where Lombard’s skeleton was found there are a lot of puff adders, black mambas and Mozambique spitting cobras.

Police spokesperson Lieutenant Joey Jeevan said the cause of death could not be divulged as it formed part of the evidence to be forwarded to the courts.

Leaf told Weekend Witness that she usually charges R300 for her services.

When she was having a shower that morning, she said, Lombard’s voice filled her space, saying: “Silva, I’ve neither nickel nor dime to pay for your service. If you offer your services to God today with my family, then I will come through for you and give them closure and peace.”

It also emerged that Lombard had borrowed the R300 she was supposed to pay her, so Leaf gave the consultation for free.

“Through God and Peter I managed to tell them when, where and how Peter had died.

“I could see so much of it as it all happened. He was attacked and bitten by a Mozambique spitting cobra,” Silva added.

She said he was bitten on his ribs.

“Case closed. I, Peter Lombard, have been found. I’m safely at home, where I lay my weary head on the breast of Jesus Christ, our Lord and Saviour,” was the last message Lombard gave Leaf, taking her hand to write it.

Rocky said it took them a while, but they are glad they now have closure.

Lombard told the family that he wished to swim with dolphins.

“The day we scattered his ashes in March to the sea it was cloudy. But suddenly the rays of sun came out and after a while the dolphins came to swim there,” Rocky said.

• gabisile.ngcobo@witness.co.za

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