Man found bound with bag over head

2008-04-06 00:00

Police are investigating the grim death of Nazeer Dadabhai, a 32-year-old member of a Pietermaritzburg family who was found dead in his car with a plastic bag over his head and secured to the steering wheel and head-rest with cable ties.

Dadabhai’s body was found in his Toyota Corolla, which was parked alongside the southbound N3 highway, about a kilometre from the Hilton off-ramp, on Saturday morning.

Police said a black plastic bag had been pulled over the victim’s head, bound around his neck and secured to the seat’s headrest with cable ties.

His wrists were attached to the steering wheel of the car with cable ties.

Inspector Joey Jeevan said the vehicle was spotted by a passer-by at about 8 am.

She said that although at this stage it appears as if Dadabhai suffocated, a post-mortem will be held to determine the exact cause of his death.

Dadabhai’s laptop, cellphone and wallet were found in the vehicle, indicating that robbery was not the motive.

Police were also not able to say whether the death could have been self-inflicted or was definitely the work of a killer.

Dadabhai’s brother, Salim, told The Witness that his brother was “born and bred in Pietermaritzburg”, but lived in Durban.

He said he did not want to comment any further as the event was extremely traumatic for the family.

“What I can say is that my brother was an angel of a person and this is a great tragedy for us. We have told the police everything we know that might be of assistance,” he said.

Investigating officer Inspector Bradley Lancaster said it is believed that Dadabhai was returning home from business in northern KwaZulu-Natal.

Lancaster said Dadabhai leaves a wife and two children, and said he was reportedly an employee of Glomail.

Anyone with information is asked to contact Inspector Lancaster at 033 845 6526 or 082 459 7454, or Crime Stop on 08600 10111.

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