Chained man saved on N3

2010-11-10 00:00

MYSTERY surrounds the circumstances in which an unknown man was found tightly chained with his head covered with plastic bags on the N3 near the Church Street Bridge in Pietermaritzburg yesterday morning.

From his physical appearance, officials who attended to him estimated that he was between the ages of 28 and 29. He was discovered by Road Traffic Inspectorate (RTI) officials lying curled on the ground near the Church Street Bridge construction site.

In a gruesome scene, the officers who discovered him said he had been tightly bound with a steel chain around his neck which had been padlocked.

His hand were also bound with a rough rope while another padlocked chain had been wound around his feet.

His head and face were allegedly also covered with plastic bags.

The officials said they discovered the victim at about 8:20am, and it was not clear how long had he been there.

While paramedics attended to him, his body remained limp and exhausted. The paramedics stabilised and transported him to hospital.

Yesterday afternoon, the hospital management where he is being treated, reported that he had regained consciousness but still could not speak.

Officers at the scene, who declined to be named, said the victim was barely breathing when they found him.

They said he had been fortunate to have been discovered after a passer-by alerted them, as they believed he had been dumped and left for dead.

“We believe that he had been dumped close to the railway line that runs just above the N3 Southbound lanes but he managed to roll himself down close to the N3 where he was spotted by the RTI officials.”

“We do not know who he is or where he came from, as he had no identification with him and we also do not know how long he had been dumped here because at this stage he cannot talk, but it could have been late last (Monday) night or earlier this (Tuesday) morning,” said the source.

Police Spokesperson Joey Jeevan said the police were investigating the matter and no case had been opened.

“The man has no visible injuries and we are waiting on him to shed some light on what had happened to him.”

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