Bank boss killed, relative arrested

2012-06-15 00:00

WELKOM — The mutilated body of a Welkom bank manager who had been treated for suspected poisoning three times in the last month was found hidden in a small storeroom under the stairs of his luxury townhouse on Wednesday.

David Ngcobo (37), a branch manager of African Bank, was reported missing by his wife that day.

He is assumed to have been murdered on Sunday, after which his body was wrapped in bedding, tied up with ropes and shoved into the little storeroom.

His two small daughters, aged eight and one, were in the house with their mother Primrose during that time, not knowing their father’s body was under the stairs.

A close female relative (30) and Ngcobo’s gardener, who was washing blood off the paving when the police arrived at the house, were arrested.

The woman allegedly told the police and the gardener the blood was that of a sheep she had slaughtered at the weekend.

Ngcobo had stab wounds in his neck and stomach, and burns on his stomach and left hand.

Police spokesperson Sergeant Puleng Motsoeneng said the woman’s younger sister and the sister’s boyfriend were also being questioned by the police.

Ngcobo’s murder was apparently preceded by a struggle in the main bedroom. The two children were apparently locked up in another room at the time.

Sister paper Volksblad was told that after Ngcobo’s body had been dragged down the stairs to the ground floor and left on the paving, his suspected murderer phoned her sister.

When she and her boyfriend arrived they were apparently told that Ngcobo was already a spirit, and to prove it methylated spirits was poured over his stomach and hand and set alight.

He was then shoved into a large dustbin, but the suspected murderer was not satisfied, so he was dragged to the storeroom and locked in there.

Volksblad has received confirmation that Ngcobo had been in hospital three times in a short space of time recently after having ingested poison.

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