KZN teen and boyfriend in mystery deaths

2016-06-01 13:30
Taybah Shaik (16) and Tashlin Sewnarain (20) who were found dead at a posh lodge in the Cramond area on Sunday.

Taybah Shaik (16) and Tashlin Sewnarain (20) who were found dead at a posh lodge in the Cramond area on Sunday. (Facebook )

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Pietermaritzburg - Mystery surrounds the deaths of a young couple found lying in a pool of water in their room at a lodge in Cramond at the weekend.

Newholmes resident Taybah Shaik, 16, and her boyfriend, Bisley resident Tashlin Sewnarain, 20, were both laid to rest at the ­Mountain Rise cemetery on Monday after the two were discovered dead by a manager at the Peatties Lakeside Resort near Albert Falls on Sunday afternoon.

Police sources said on Tuesday they are baffled by the incident, but have theories, which they would not ­disclose, over how the couple met their deaths.

Acting Pietermaritzburg police spokesperson Warrant Officer ­Joshua Maistry said police were awaiting the results of a forensic and toxicology report to determine the cause of death.

“Investigations revealed no forced entry into the property. The windows and doors were locked from the inside. And there were no visible injuries on both the deceased,” he said.

The couple were due to check out of their unit at 11:00 on Sunday, but approached a manager at the resort and requested to leave after lunch.

According to the manager’s ­statement to the police, he went to the couple’s unit at 17:00.

When there was no response after knocking on the door, the manager went to the back of the building, where he heard the shower running.

After tapping on the window to get the couple’s attention, which proved unsuccessful, the manager inspected the unit to find all the ­windows and doors locked from the inside.

Becoming suspicious, he broke through a small window and, upon peeping through, made the ­gruesome discovery.

According to Maistry, the ­manager and owner of the lodge broke open the front door to find the unit flooded with water.

Sewnarain’s body was found lying outside the shower cubicle while Taybah’s body was found inside, slumped over the drainage hole, causing the lodge to flood.

Both Taybah and Sewnarain had active Facebook accounts which, however, were kept private.

The only thing that could be viewed on Taybah’s profile was a ­picture of the couple framed with hearts, with the slogan ‘Tash Loves Taybah 4Ever’.

Maistry appealed to anyone with information on the matter to contact Cramond station commander Captain Norman at 033 569 1666.

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