Copesville ‘car thief’ killed

2009-08-03 00:00

A MAN has died in hospital after he was severely assaulted and set alight by a mob of community members, who accused him of stealing a vehicle in Copesville. Police have arrested three suspects in connection with the murder and have said further arrests are imminent.

Police spokesman senior superintendent Henry Budhram said when police were called to the scene on Saturday morning, they found the man with serious injuries including stab and burn wounds. An ambulance was called and he was rushed to hospital but he died later.

The three suspects will appear in court shortly on murder charges.

In another incident, a 22-year-old man was stabbed to death in Northdale yesterday morning. The body of Yogaseen Chetty was found at the corner of Bombay and Jhansi roads at about 5 am.

Budhram said a motorist came across Chetty’s body. He said investigations have revealed that Chetty was in the company of another man when they were attacked. Chetty was stabbed several times before he ran away, but he collapsed and died where his body was discovered.

The other man managed to escape with no injuries, said Budhram.

A 30-year-old man has been arrested and will appear in the Pietermaritzburg Magistrate’s Court shortly on murder charges.

In another crime, two men aged 24 and 27 have been arrested for the murders of Mbuso Shelembe (30) and Sibongiseni Sibisi (24) who were found dead on the Mondi and Mbelebele roads in Imbali township on Sunday, June 26.

Shelembe had been shot several times while out walking with a friend.

They were approached by three men, one of whom shot and killed Shelembe. Police reported that Sibisi was found dead later the same day and had been shot four times. His body was found lying on a footpath near Mbelebele Road.

Sibisi had been walking towards home when he was approached by a man who opened fire at him. Budhram said the arrests were made on Friday.

He said members of the SAPS Plessislaer detective services and SAPS Plessislaer crime intelligence unit were tipped off about the whereabouts of the suspects. They went to a particular house in the township where they arrested them.

“An unlicensed 9 mm pistol and a large amount of R5 ammunition was also found in the house,” he said.

The suspects are expected to appear in the Pietermaritzburg Magistrate’s Court shortly on charges of murder and the possession of an unlicensed firearm and ammunition.

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