Four cops in court over alleged Splashy Fen murder

2015-10-22 09:46

(Nielen de Klerk, News24)

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Pietermaritzburg - Four police constables appeared in the Himeville Magistrate’s Court for allegedly murdering a Splashy Fen party-goer in April last year. 

The Independent Police Investigative Directorate (IPID) arrested four constables from the Himeville police station on charges of murder and assault with the intent to do grievous bodily harm. The arrest was made in the Himeville area on Tuesday and after appearing in court briefly yesterday, the four officers were remanded in custody until October 29.

It is believed the man who died, Nkosinathi Myende (28) of Bulwer, was at the Splashy Fen music festival event with his friends on April 14 when he was “taken” by four policemen who locked him in the back of their police van and drove off to an unknown area.

It is still unknown why the police officers apprehended Myende.

According to IPID spokesperson Robbie Raburabu, the officers then picked up another man, Siyabonga Mtolo, from his home and drove both victims to a “secluded” area.

It was there where the officers allegedly took turns assaulting the two men continuously. At around 4 am the next morning, after hours of assaulting the two men, the constables allegedly took Mtolo back to his home.

However, with Myende extremely “weakened” by the assault, Raburabu said instead of taking him to a hospital, the officers took him to the Himeville police station and detained him in an isolated cell where he died soon after.

The Daily Sun reported in April last year that Myende’s family said he had “left home to visit his friend”. The Daily Sun reported that Myende’s family said his friends told them that he was approached by police who accused him of having an unlicensed firearm.

“When we heard that he had been arrested, we sent a relative on Friday morning to give him clean clothes.

“But the relative was told by police that Nkosinathi had died in police cells after suffering from a short illness. We find it hard to believe this,” said Nkosinathi’s mother Meelta at the time.

Meelta told Daily Sun that her son used to be a “trouble-maker who had been in and out of jail”, but after his father died, he changed for the better.

Raburabu said the investigation is still continuing

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