Carpenter found murdered

2016-08-02 18:03
The body of 61-year-old Billy Govender was found at his Pietermaritzburg home on Sunday night.

The body of 61-year-old Billy Govender was found at his Pietermaritzburg home on Sunday night. (File)

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THE brutal murder of a local carpenter who was found bound and stabbed in his Vanker Road home on Sunday night has left the small, quiet neighbourhood in Raisethorpe unnerved.

The body of 61-year-old Billy Govender was discovered by his tenants on Sunday evening while they searched for him so they could pay him their rent.

It is believed Govender, described as quiet and reserved by his neighbours, was last seen on Friday.

Govender was found face down in his lounge with both his hands and legs bound by an electrical cord.

uMgungundlovu North Cluster spokesperson Captain Gay Ebrahim said police were called to the home after the tenants saw Govender, through a window, lying on the floor.

“The police and the two tenants entered the house and found Govender had been stabbed and the room was in disarray,” Ebrahim said.

She said Govender was found with four stab wounds in his back, one in his chest and numerous facial injuries. It is unclear at this stage if anything was stolen from the house.

A policeman on scene, who could not be named, described it as “gruesome” as the passage walls were covered in blood.

“His face looked like someone had beaten him quite badly. Police will be here all night collecting evidence,” the policeman said on Sunday evening.

Ebrahim said there were no signs of forced entry and the kitchen door and gate at the back of the house were closed but unlocked.

Attempts to speak to the family were unsuccessful as an extended family member said Govender’s wife and daughter were too traumatised to speak to the media.

Govender lived alone in his Vanker Road house while his ex-wife Pam and daughter Trisha lived in Durban. He had two tenants who rented a part of his property behind his home.

A neighbour, who asked not to be named, described Govender as a person who always kept to himself.

“He would hardly come out of the house and that is why it was not strange that we did not see him for a long time,” the neighbour said.

She said it was “quite scary” that a murder happened on their “little” road.

“We are not sure if it was a robbery or what actually led to this but the neighbourhood is very shaken after this incident,” she said.

She described Govender as a “very quiet man” who always had people working for him, building furniture in his yard.

“We did not hear or see anything strange. Everything was normal and people were doing their usual things on the weekend not realising what [had] happened just a few doors down the road,” the neighbour said.

Captain Ebrahim said the police were still conducting investigations in Govender’s house and fingerprint experts were at the home most of yesterday.

“The motive and suspect are unknown at this stage but we are calling on anyone with any information regarding this murder or the circumstances surrounding it to come forward,” Ebrahim said.

People with any positive information are urged to contact the investigating officer Warrant Officer Kaveer Balgobind at 082 379 9945 or 033 387 9675.

• kailene.pillay@witness.co.za

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