Couple’s burnt bodies found

2009-06-17 00:00

POLICE are appealing for information after a youngster walking on a farm near Howick yesterday morning stumbled upon the still-smouldering bodies of two people who had been murdered, dumped in a thicket and set alight.

Police spokesmav Senior Superintendent Henry Budhram said the two bodies were discovered in thick bush on Beverley Farm at Dargle.

“They are believed to be the bodies of a young white man and woman aged between the ages of 20 and 30,” said Budhram.

He said police suspect they were murdered and dumped in the bush and set alight early yesterday.

It is believed that the couple may have been strangled. Although the man’s face is burnt beyond recognition, the woman’s face may be identified.

The tyre marks of two vehicles were found next to the main road, and drag marks are visible from where the bodies were taken from one of the cars to the spot where they were then set alight.

Budhram said a postmortem would be held and forensic tests used to try to identify the couple.

Murder cases have been opened. He said police had no information about the possible identities of the bodies yesterday, but they are appealing to anyone who has noticed any suspicious activity in the area in the last few days to contact the investigating officer, Detective Inspector Willem de Wet, of the Pietermaritzburg organised crime unit at 033 845 2488 or 082 556 1378.

Callers wishing to remain anonymous should phone Crime Stop toll- free at 08600 10111.

In related news, police conducting a routine patrol in the city centre yesterday morning came across the body of a man on the corner of Retief and Jabu Ndlovu streets.

He is believed to be about 30 to 35 years old and had a stab wound to the chest.

Budhram described the deceased as a black male of slender build and about 1,7m tall.

“He is light in complexion and has short black hair. He was wearing a denim-coloured button-up shirt, a black T-shirt and blue jeans. A pair of brown leather shoes was found next to his body.”

A blood trail was found about 15 metres from the body.

Police believe the motive for the attack is robbery.

Anyone with information that could assist in the investigation should contact Detective Inspector Robin Mays of the Pietermaritzburg Detective Services at 033 845 2737 or 082 413 8474.

Callers wishing to remain anonymous should contact Crime Stop toll- free at 08600 10111.

On Monday evening, Sbusiso Dlamini (28) died after being stabbed by a fellow patron at a tavern in Pietermaritz Street.

A 30-year-old suspect was arrested at the scene and was taken in for questioning, said Budhram.

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