Killer on the run for over a year nabbed

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Durban - A man involved in the brutal slaying of a Durban mother and her five children at their Inanda home, has finally been arrested after being on the run since December 2012.

A joint operation by the Inanda SAPS cluster led by Colonel Bheki Khumalo and Magma Investigations over two days saw a major breakthrough in the execution-style murder of Nobuhle Marcellinah Leneha, 38, and her five children, aged between 2 and 14, on 29 December 2012.

Their bodies were left in the bathroom in their three-bedroom house in Mzinyathi, Inanda and discovered only four days later when her husband returned home.

Leonard Bobore, 28, a tuckshop owner, said he had sent a family member to the house earlier to try and establish why Leneha was not answering her phone, but all the relative could find was a locked house.

Monitored

Police spokesperson Colonel Jay Naicker said police had been monitoring the suspect’s movements for more than a year, as he fled the country immediately after the murders.

Members from the investigations team were able to detect his presence when he returned to the country to visit relatives in Matatiele. It is alleged that he robbed the Leneha family and killed them to cover up the robbery.

Magma Investigations CEO Shahien Suleiman confirmed on Sunday that the suspect has been on the run since 2012, was arrested and is expected to appear in the Ntuzuma Magistrate’s Court on Monday.

"A Bobore family member approached me in connection with the murders and asked that I help the SAPS with the investigations, so my A-team and I got to work. We followed up several leads and finally on Friday we pounced on a home in the Eastern Cape and surprised the young man at 02:00, while fast asleep at a friend’s house,” Suleiman said.

He said the mother was allegedly shot execution-style at close range through the head several times, while her children started screaming and locked themselves in the bathroom, they were all stabbed and left bleeding one on top of another with multiple stab wounds all over the head, chest, neck and other parts of the body.

KwaZulu-Natal provincial commissioner Lieutenant-General Mmamonnye Ngobeni congratulated Inanda detectives for the breakthrough, but expressed her disappointment over the killing of the six family members, saying that the incident raised serious questions around the collapse of morals and the lack of respect for life in our society.

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